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Theodore F. Brophy (1923 - 2020) was an American businessman and telecommunications professional. He joined GTE in 1958, became the president in 1972, and the chairman and chief executive officer in 1976.[1] In August 1988, President Ronald Reagan appointed him as an ambassador while serving as the chairman of a United States delegation for radio and satellite space communications during an international conference.[2] In October 1985, President Reagan also appointed him Chairman of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee for a period of one year.[3] He served on the committee 1986–88.

Throughout his career, he held various board and trustee positions.

Early life and education

Brophy was born on August 23, 1923 in New York City, New York. He graduated from Kent School, Kent, Connecticut in 1941, Yale University in 1944 and Harvard Law School in 1949. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 and was on the submarine USS Cabezon (SS-334) in the South Pacific during World War II. While in the Navy, he rose to the rank of lieutenant (junior grade).

Early career

He worked for the law firm Root, Ballantine, Harlan, Bushby and Palmer from 1949 to 1955. He was general counsel for the Lummus Company from 1955 to 1958.

Later life

Brophy died August 3, 2020 in Florida.

References

  1. The New York Times, "G.T.E. Chairman Plans to Resign, April 22, 1976. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  2. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Ronald Reagan 1988–89, Book II - July 2, 1988 to January 19, 1989, published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, 1991, page 1071.
  3. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Ronald Reagan 1985, Book II - June 29 to December 31, 1985, published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, 1988, Appendix A, page 1519.

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