Thaddeus “Ted” Tercyak, formerly of New Britain and Newton, Mass., died on March 18, 2017, at Life Path Hospice House in Ruskin, Fla.
He was born on April 6, 1928, in New Britain to Polish immigrants. Thaddeus attended Sacred Heart School and New Britain High School, where he played on the football team which won the state championship in 1945. During the Korean War he served in the 43rd Infantry Division stationed in Germany, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He then attended the University of Connecticut, where he earned a master’s degree in economics, and later a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He was an instructor (1975-1976) at Boston University Metropolitan College. He worked as an economist, first with a consulting company and then (1957-60) with the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Planning Authority. From 1961-68 he was Project Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Washington Park and South End Urban Redevelopment projects. During 1968-1990, he was Associate Director of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority where he led projects that would eventually transform Kendall Square, Cambridge, from a declining industrial area into the vibrant region that it is today. After he retired from the CRA, he served on as an Urban Land Institute advisory services panel then evaluating potential redevelopment projects for the Port Authority of New York//New Jersey and for Silver Spring, Md. He published numerous articles in the Urban Land Institute, The Journal of Housing, and the Cambridge Civic Journal.
A lover of the outdoors, Thaddeus was an avid golfer. He backpacked along the Sierra and Appalachian mountain trails guiding several family members and friends. For fun on his birthdays, he sometimes went skydiving.
He was preceded by the death of his brothers, John, who died while testing jet aircraft for the Air Force, and Anthony, who served in the Connecticut Legislature, and also his grandson, Jake.
He is survived by Anna (Chandl), his beloved wife of 62 years; children Thomas Chandel, Courtney Chandel, Carol Tercyak, and Gail McCormack; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.