April 11, 2021 | 5:00 PM
Theodore “Ted” Wright, 94, a retired professor and longtime resident of Glen Eddy Retirement Community, passed away at Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing on January 12, 2021. He was born on April 12, 1926, in Port Washington, N.Y., to Theodore Paul and Margaret McCarl Wright. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Douglas Wright. He graduated from the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, Md.; Swarthmore College with a B.A. in 1949, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude; and Yale University with an M.A. 1951 and Ph.D. in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1945. He married Susan Standfast, M.D. on February 18, 1967, and they had three children, Henry, Margaret and Catherine (twins). His teaching experience included instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor in the Government Dept. of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, Indian Civilization at University of Chicago from 1961-1962; and associate professor, and professor of political science (1971) at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, State University of New York at Albany. He taught political development, democracies, totalitarianism, South Asian politics, minority groups in the new nations, contemporary government, comparative ethnicity, and comparative public policy; and researched area politics of Indian Muslims and Pakistan. He took sabbaticals in India, London, England and Karachi, Pakistan. He published “American Support of Free Elections Abroad” in 1964; and presented papers at numerous meetings and published a large number of papers in professional, peer-reviewed journals. He was a Fulbright senior research professor in India from 1963-1964 and in Pakistan from 1983-1984. From 1969 – 1970 he had an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship in Bombay. He was listed in “Who’s Who” and “American Men of Science: The Behavioral Sciences,” and the Asian Studies Directory. Ted was a member of the American Political Science Association, New York Political Science Association, the Columbia University Faculty Seminar on Social Change in South and Southeast Asia, and a trustee of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies from 1973-1982. He enjoyed traveling to all seven continents, hiking (he was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and an Adirondack 46’er), reading, and playing the piano. He was an active member and past president of the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany. He is survived by his wife, three children and six grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.