Theodore W. Kheel

We were saddened to learn of the death in November 2010 of one of our most distinguished Advisory Committee members, Theodore W. Kheel. Ted was a pre-eminent labor leader in New York from the 1950s through the 1980s, who was known for his extraordinary ability to achieve peace between fueding parties. Between 1956 and 1989 he served as arbitrator for the citywide transit authority, during which period he handled an average of 1,000 disputes a year. He was also a highly successful entrepreneur, and this allowed him to be active as a philanthropist. In the 1960s he headed the Ghandi Society for Human Rights, which helped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King raise money for the civil rights movement. He continued his environmental pursuits in his 80s and 90s, when he founded Earth Pledge and Nurture New York’s Nature, in which he was active until his death at the age of 96.

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