Theodore S. Reith, 74, Electrical Motors president

March 19, 2004

Theodore S. Reith, who had headed the Baltimore division of Emerson Electric Co., died of complications from a stroke Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 74 and lived in the Pot Spring section of Baltimore County.

Mr. Reith was born and reared in Yonkers, N.Y., and attended Columbia University. During the Korean War, he served as a combat radar operator with the Army.

He had lived in Bronxville, N.Y., while working for U.S. Electrical Motors, a division of Emerson Electric Co. In 1964, he moved to Baltimore after being appointed president of U.S. Electrical Motors. During the 1980s, he was Northeast regional product manager for the company. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Reith enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard his 37-foot sailboat, the Summertime, and in Canada where he vacationed each year.

He was a jazz and big band fan and an accomplished self-taught cook who was known for his Italian and French dishes. He amassed a collection of several hundred cookbooks and was proud of the fact that he never prepared the same meal twice, family members said.

A longtime member of the Paint & Powder Club, he performed in many of the organization's annual shows that raise funds for Baltimore charities.

Mr. Reith was also a past president of the Engineering Society of Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 27 in the chapel of St. Paul's School, 11152 Falls Road, Brooklandville.

Mr. Reith is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Cynthia Corrin; two sons, Perry C. Reith of Davidsonville and John C. Reith of Ruxton; a daughter, Abby R. Gore of Phoenix; two sisters, Nancy Cihi of Westport, Conn., and Jill Maguire of Norwalk, Conn.; and seven grandsons.

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