Obituary: Dr. Ted Tibor Szabo

Dr. Ted Tibor Szabo

Dr. Ted Tibor Szabo, 83, beloved husband,  father,  grandfather, and friend to all who  knew him passed away on June 3, 2011. 

Ted was born on August 6, 1927 to Istvan and Ilona Szabo in Gyor, Hungary. Ted was a survivor of Auschwitz , and carried the loving memory of his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear sister Vera who perished during the Holocaust through out his lifetime.  

Ted graduated from the  Bences  Gimnazium,  in Gyor , Hungary and went on to study Chemistry at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. He looked to the United States for a new beginning and earned his undergraduate degree from Kansas University, and received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University. He also received an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Ted proudly served in the United States Army’s Chemical Corps during the Korean War as an expert specializing in Biological Weapons. Ted Szabo was employed by the Union Carbide Corporation for thirty years and retired as Division President of Specialty Chemicals, Polymers, and Composites. In addition, Ted authored and coauthored more than ten publications and established several patents for polymer processing. 

He owned and operated ICP (International Chemical and Polymers Co.), for many years after leaving Union Carbide. During his ICP years, Ted traveled extensively consulting with many European companies as an expert in business development. Following retirement, Ted devoted his time to educating children about the Holocaust in the hopes that those who perished would never be forgotten. Ted was a firm supporter of the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, and was instrumental in encouraging innovative researchers to join the department’s faculty. Ted was a member of a variety of professional and honor societies, including the American Chemical Society, the Society of Chemical Industry, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Phi Lambda Upsilon. 

Ted was preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie Grossman, and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Renee  Edelsohn  Szabo of Dunwoody; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Alan Parker of Marietta; son and daughter-in-law Stephen Szabo and Jennifer Aqua of Sandy Springs;  grandchildren  Adam, Zachary, and Alexander Parker, Abigail, Sarah, and Matthew Szabo, Eliana and Zoe Grossman. Graveside services were held on June 7, 2011 at Temple Israel Cemetery, Norwalk, Conn. Sign on-line guestbook: www.edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999

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