Edward M. Bosworth ’52

Ted (Edward) Markham Bosworth of Ithaca, New York passed away February 15th, 2022. He was born February 1, 1933 in Lima, Peru to parents Ruth (Holway) and Kenneth Bosworth.

Ted came to the US for school at Williston Academy in MA when he was 13 and then attended Oberlin College, receiving his BS degree in Botany in 1957. School vacations were spent with family in Ithaca as it was difficult to return to Peru for visits. Ted served in the US army in Hanau, Germany for two years where he met his wife, Charlotte. They moved to the US and married in 1961.

Ted received an MLS in Library Science from Drexel University in 1963, and worked at Temple University for 5 years before returning to Ithaca with Charlotte to raise their daughters, Monica and Jenifer. Ted worked for 27 years in the Cornell University Libraries, mostly as a Bibliographer at Mann.

Ted was a long time member of the First Congregational Church of Ithaca, where he enjoyed singing in the choir and playing handbells. After retirement he volunteered for many years at the TCPL. From a young age Ted enjoyed sports (soccer and downhill skiing), camping, singing, playing the harmonica, and sharing silly poetry. He enjoyed yard work, small carpentry projects, travel and sharing songs and stories of his youth with his family. Ted was known for his humor, good nature and generous spirit. He was a wonderful father & grandfather, a loving husband, a good friend and colleague and a profoundly decent human being.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Kenneth, brother Norman, and nephew Norman Ford. He is survived by his wife Charlotte, daughters Monica Bosworth Viscuso (Paul) and Jenifer Bosworth (Riccardo Casalini), his sister Peggy Bosworth Hall, and grandchildren Sophia and Francesca, Arianna and Leonardo, and Jeremy Gamble, nieces Alison Ford and Barbara Spiess.

A memorial ceremony in celebration of Ted’s life will take place at the First Congregational Church of Ithaca on Saturday May 14th at 2:00 pm. People are welcome to attend the service in person or via livestream at https://fccithaca.org/livestream/.

In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting either the FCC Ithaca Outreach Team or Sanctuary Ministries Team (www.fccithaca.org) or The Finger Lakes Independence Center at https://fliconline.org/FLIC/donate/

2 thoughts on “Edward M. Bosworth ’52”

  1. Ted and I were roommates in our freshman year in Payson Hall. He was a great guy and a great student.! My sympathies to all of his family

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