Former National Stroke Association CEO/Executive Director Passes Away
National Stroke Association is saddened by the recent loss of Pete Todd. He served as National Stroke Association's chief executive officer and executive director from 1995 to 2000. Mr. Todd was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and is survived by two brothers and four sons.
Major General Harold W. (Pete) Todd, USAF (Ret) passed
away peacefully at his home on Feb. 23, 2013. He was a longtime Colorado
Springs resident and was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Wendy Yvonne
Todd. He is survived by his two brothers, Richard T. and Arthur F., and four
sons, Kenneth J., Stephen D., Joseph M. and Mark A.; two daughters, Hellen J.
Wilson and Michelle M. Adams; two stepsons, James K. Mills and Timothy S.
Emerson; and a stepdaughter, Jamie Y. White. General Todd was born in 1938 in
Chicago, and graduated from Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. in 1955.
Shortly thereafter he entered the first class of the Air Force Academy, which
was temporarily located at Lowry AF Base, prior to moving to its eventual home
in Colorado Springs. Cadet Todd graduated with a Bachelor of Science and
commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1959. He holds the distinction of being
the first graduate of the Air Force Academy to attain the rank of Brigadier
General, on Dec. 1, 1978. He was promoted to Major General on July 1, 1982.
General Todd served during the Vietnam War as a B-52 pilot, flying 156 combat
missions and was subsequently awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal
for his service. He retired in June of 1989 with 30 years of service. During
his semi-retirement, he consulted with the Swedish Air Force and served as
President of the National Stroke Association. He also proudly served as
President of the 307th Bomb Wing Association and was an active member of the
USAF Association of Graduates. General Todd will be mostly remembered for his
keen intellect and wicked sense of humor. He was compassionate and accepting to
all he met and was a role model and inspiration to all who knew him. He was
much loved and will be greatly missed. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m.
on Friday, March 8, at the USAF Academy Cadet Protestant Chapel, USAF Academy,
Colorado Springs, CO.
Obituary courtesy of The Colorado Springs Gazette, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?pid=163420802#fbLoggedOut