And at last your own death will steal upon you…
a gentle, painless death, far from the sea it comes
to take you down, borne down with the years in ripe old age
with all your people there in blessed peace around you.
  • 91 years old
  • Born on April 7, 1921 in Telluride, Colorado, United States.
  • Passed away on March 6, 2013 in Vancouver, Washington, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Ted Braun, 91, born on April 7, 1921 and passed away on March 6, 2013. All us of who knew him were better for the knowing, and it is up to us to keep that spirit in the world as best we can.

Contributions can be made in his name to the Whidbey Island Community Orchestra c/o Enid Braun 7441 Barred Owl Way, Clinton, WA 98236, or the Orcas Island Library 500 Rose St  Eastsound, WA 98245.

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The slideshow presented at the memorial on June 15th can be veiwed at:
Ted Braun 1921-2013 on Vimeo

Posted by Brian O'Callaghan on 16th June 2013
A great teacher, mentor and friend who made me understand the possibility of “Salvation in Poïesis.” Ted possessed a tremendous, inspiring intellect—he walked among the most kind, gentile, and humble human beings ever to have trod this planet. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Posted by Marcus Braun on 11th June 2013
Dad was great collector of stones. They came from all over the world and were a significant connection to the ages. They were on his desk, around the house and yard, and in his pockets. Please bring one to the memorial in his memory to put in his great grand daughter Isabel's red toy wheelbarrow he made for his grandson Ted.
Posted by Mark Oldani on 9th June 2013
I am sorry to hear of Ted's death. I was lucky enough to have taken 2 classes from him while I was getting my MAT at L and C. Ted's teaching had a profound impact on me because he treated us students and the subject matter with respect. I was a new teacher and he showed me that everyone wants to learn and will learn if you recognize the dignity within all of us. Thanks Ted.
Posted by Lisa Groening on 5th June 2013
The kindest, gentlest, wisest teacher among some legendarily compassionate professors. I can still hear him sighing that long, ponderous sigh, showing us it was appropriate to wonder at every single thing.
Posted by Michael Liener on 4th June 2013
For you dear Ted--Raymond Carver's poem Late Fragment: And did you get what /you wanted from this life, even so?/ I did./And what did you want?/To call myself beloved, to feel myself/beloved on the earth
Posted by Zhu Xiao Di on 2nd May 2013
There are places you've never been to that may have already affected your own life. There are people you've never met, but who have surely influenced you more than those you see every day. I never met Ted in person, but his mind and soul helped me long ago. Without his tremendous help from afar, I would not have been able to publish two of my books. Thank you, Ted, forever.
Posted by Katie Byrnes on 28th April 2013
Mike and I send our sincere condolences to Alice and Ted's family. We were lucky enough to both be on the overseas trip to Turkey with Ted, Alice and Tim, and will have a life time of wonderful memories. Two years later Ted married us and we are forever grateful that he was such a significant part of our lives!
Posted by Terri Scribner on 14th April 2013
I have such wonderful memories of Ted and Alice leading the L&C study trip to Turkey along with Tim! Ted was so wise & such a gentle leader. A few years later my husband-to-be (also an L&C grad) and I were delighted to find out Ted had his minister's license and could marry us! Later, we enjoyed sailing by and visiting he & Alice at their wonderful homestead on Orcas Island. Hugs to Alice
Posted by Nick Barnett on 12th April 2013
I am honored, inspired and proud to have known Ted. As an African American program director (rare at L&C in the early 70s) he made me feel welcome and respected (which was not so common then). I knew when I had a student in my program that was from Ted's class: they were more human and intelligent. I called it the "Ted effect". Blessings on the Braun family.
Posted by Theresa Baisley on 11th April 2013
I grew up across the street in Portland from the Braun's. Enid and I used to play in their Laurel bushes. I remember Ted standing in his garden with his rake or hoe and always looking up and stopping what he was doing to smile and say hello. He always treated me like I was a grown up even when I was 10. Theresa Lindbeck Baisley
Posted by Wendy Lucht on 11th April 2013
Ted has been a good friend to me and the whole Lucht family for many years. I shall remember his walk, his laugh, the kind, patient, strong way about him. I think he could do anything. My sincere condolences go out to Alice and all his family and friends.
Posted by Colleen Spedale on 10th April 2013
Truly one-of-a-kind, Dr. Braun was compassionate, full of humor and wonderful stories. I was fortunate to be a student of his in the 70s, then years later when I worked in the English Department. He was genuine and I'm blessed to have known him. Ted will be missed, his loping walk and penetrating gaze, but I suspect he'll never be forgotten. Condolences to his family and friends.
Posted by William Lucht on 9th April 2013
I first got to know Ted as 'a fellow camper. He proved both helpful and happy. Through many years since he has continued to be a happy and helpful camper and spiritually will remain so. Thanks, Ted.
Posted by Carol Halvorson on 9th April 2013
I loved classes with Ted Braun at Lewis and Clark College because he honored our opinions and responded to our questions with kindness. He made Shakespeare's dramas relevant to me in the late 60's. He was one of my favorite teachers. I lift his family up in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Mary Devlin on 8th April 2013
What a treat to have been a student of Ted's. His grace, intelligence and kindness were evident every day as he challenged us to think and express ourselves more clearly. I learned a lot from you. Thanks for everything, Ted.
Posted by Ulrich Hardt on 8th April 2013
I found a kindred spirit when I signed up for Ted's classes in the late 1950s, shortly after he came to L&C. I have not forgotten his curiosity and kindness, his penetrating look into your eyes, and his gentle, calm, and polite manner. I think many of us aspired to become teachers like him. Since my wife and I took his classes together, we had many deep and lively discussions afterwards.
Posted by Dan Wright on 8th April 2013
I was a student at LC in the late 1970's and took a class from Ted for my last 8 terms at LC. My first class was Russian Literature. Ted came into the class and looked at me and called me Illiya, the name of a character in a russian book, the cover picture bore some resemblence. From then on I was Illiya. Ted, you had a wonderful life. My sympathies to your family and Alice for your loss.
Posted by John Miller on 8th April 2013
Ted was a wonderful, gentle, sincere, intelligent human being, with a twinkle in his eye, always. A little angst, a lot of passion for what life was all about. My fondest memory of him - his desk, bejeweled with all the finds from his daily hikes to work. I was not fond of his tuba with a garbage can lid for a bell ! :^) [I was Treasurer of AFT union with Ted, Bill Lewis & Gerry Baum.]
Posted by Larry Dunlap on 7th April 2013
I treasure the relationship I had with Ted and Alice and "the kids". Leading our group to Czechoslovakia in 1969, he brought a soft handed stature and presence that lifted us all to heights of experience. He became a dear friend and something of a mentor, although our interests were different., We shared a love of music and Ted brought great written works to my world.
Posted by Linda Engelman on 7th April 2013
As a child at Frog Pond Church in Wilsonville, I was privileged to have known Ted as my pastor. It was his first church and I was just a teen but treasured my time with him as pastor, youth leader and friend. Many memories are still with me of the parsonage, the family and fun times together. I still attend Frog Pond regularly and love it deeply. Thanks, Ted, for the memories.
Posted by Sheila Gallagher on 7th April 2013
As an English Major in the mid 80's I had Ted for several classes. However, I most remember Ted as a calm and steady presence in what was often a chaotic and busy time for an undergrad. I remember Ted always acknowledging each student as an individual....and always sharing with his classes the treasures he picked up -literally - each day as he walked to LC. He was a great Prof!
Posted by Katherine White on 7th April 2013
Alice, Enid, Marcus and Tim, thank you for sharing this kind man with us over the winter and spring of 1969, sad and beautiful times! We were so fortunate to have you all with us, and to have the gentle and deeply solid presence of this very sweet and learned man, who mentored with such a light touch, so gracefully and with such generosity. Thank you Ted.
Posted by Brian Mount on 7th April 2013
In college -- and forever after, really -- I aspired to be Ted Braun. No chance, of course: I've never met anyone to match his mixture of intelligence and good will in the 40+ years since. There were no stupid questions or answers in Ted's class, because he could always singlehandedly turn them into something thought-provoking and profound. I'll always remember him vividly.
Posted by Jamie Whitaker on 5th April 2013
What a lovely man. My only association with Ted was through my job. He never failed to say hello. I was so sorry to hear that he died but I know that he will light the way for many of us when our time comes. I wish peace to Alice, Enid, Ramona and all his beloved.
Posted by Dorothy Trogdon on 3rd April 2013
Bill and I remember fondly our wonderful kind neighbors, Ted and Alice. I used to meet them walking together in our Shorewood neighborhood and we would stop and chat. I truly miss them and am sad to learn of Ted's passing.

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