In Memoriam: Ted Herget, Former Trustee and Board Chair
It is with much sadness that we share the news of the passing of former university Board of Trustees Chair Charles E. “Ted” Herget, Jr. He died peacefully on Thursday, March 2. Ted’s service to Villa Julie College and Stevenson spanned 30 years and encompassed some of the most transformational moments in the university’s history. He served on our Board of Trustees from 1975 to 2005, including a three-year term as Chair from 2002 to 2005. In 2005, the university conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his distinguished service to the institution. In 2016, the entrance road into North Campus was named “Ted Herget Way” to recognize his lasting impact on Stevenson.
Baltimore born and raised, Ted attended Loyola High School and earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Loyola College. He studied taxation, retirement planning, employee benefits, and investments at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore. He was a co-founder, principal, and senior consultant with Asset Strategy Consultants, an independent investment consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore.
When Ted joined the Board of Villa Julie in 1975, it was young and needed experienced executives to guide it. Ted not only brought that experience but he also brought his financial acumen, an impeccable reputation in Maryland’s business and philanthropic community, and an abiding spirit of loyalty and service to the university, its students, and its faculty and staff. He laid the groundwork for many things that strengthened the institution’s future—wise endowment investing, benefits and retirement plans for employees, and the networking that brought more supporters into the university’s fold. It was difficult to go anywhere in the Baltimore region where Ted was not known and loved, and that respect and wide network of friends and associates helped carry the mission and vision of Villa Julie and Stevenson even further.
Ted’s character was also defined by great courage. When facing Stage 3 cancer in 1998 and told he had less than a year to live, he decided to fight back. Through this determination, the strength and energy of his extensive network of friends, and the power of his faith, he was declared cancer free in 1999. It was this first-hand experience with healthcare givers that led him, in part, to establish the Herget Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund for Stevenson students as a way of recognizing the vital need for nurses and healthcare providers in our greater community.
Ted’s spirit of service embraced many organizations throughout his career, including the American Red Cross, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Baltimore Committee, Maryvale Preparatory School, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore to name a few. In 2004, he was appointed Commissioner on the Maryland Economic Development Commission by former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
On behalf of the entire Stevenson community, we share our deep respect for Ted with his wife Sheila, his children, and grandchildren, and express our abiding appreciation for his many contributions to Villa Julie and Stevenson.