Former National Stroke Association CEO/Executive Director Passes Away

Pete Todd
Pete Todd

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,


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