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Thurston Edmond Manning

November 30, 1925 — July 19, 2014

Thurston E. (Ted) Manning died July 19, 2014. The family moved to Colorado Springs and he graduated from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer) in 1943. Ted attended Colorado College and graduated magna cum laude in 1946; he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He received his doctorate in physics from Yale in 1949. n July of 1950 he and Jeanne L. Harrisberger married; they had met in high school in 1942. The family settled in Oberlin, Ohio for the next fourteen years where ted was a member of the physics faculty at Oberlin College and was named the first Provost in 1960. Their three children, Julia, Peter, and Ellen, were born in those years. In 1964 the family moved to Boulder when Ted joined the staff and faculty of the University of Colorado. He was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of CU from 1964 to 1971. The family moved to Connecticut when Ted became President of the University of Bridgeport from 1971 to 1974. Returning to Boulder in 1975, Ted subsequently served as Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education of the North Central Association from 1975 - 1987. In 1987, Ted and Jeanne moved to Washington DC when Ted accepted the position of President of the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. In 1992 the Mannings returned again to Boulder and Ted became a self-employed consultant in higher education administration and accreditation. He has been a Director of DeVry, Inc. (1990 - 2004), Director of SunGard Higher Education Managed Services, Inc. (also known as Collegis Inc.), and most recently Director of Rasmussen, Inc. Ted has served the Boulder community as a member of Rotary, Board member for the Boulder Back Festival, the Frasier Meadows Retirement Community, and Special Transit, among others. Ted was a brilliant and compassionate person who sang nursery rhymes in Latin, played piano, and had an encyclopedic memory. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jeanne. He is survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. "C-oh! Hello! Horay! D-oh!: I'm a mile high - feeling' fine" he will forever be in our hearts.
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