|Theodore 'Ted' Ross Branthover
Ted Branthover, 86, a Geico executive for 35 years, died Feb. 15, 2009 of leukemia at
his home in Rockville.
Mr. Branthover worked for Geico Insurance from 1950 until his retirement in 1985. He
retired as vice president of claims for Equitable General Insurance Co., a Geico
subsidiary based in Fort Worth. For a short time before his retirement, he commuted to
Theodore Ross Branthover was born in Cambridge, Mass., and lived in Wakefield,
Mass., until his family moved to Greensburg, Pa., in 1929 and then to the District in 1936.
He graduated from Western High School in 1940.
Immediately after his graduation, he worked at Garfinkel's department store and then for
the Library of Congress, where he nurtured his lifelong love of reading. During World War
II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces, serving as a member of the Signal Corps. He
served in Naples, Italy; Lyon, France; and Kaiserslautern, Germany. At the time of
Germany's surrender to the Allied forces, he was stationed in Marseilles, France, and
was scheduled for deployment to Burma, but Japan surrendered before he was shipped
After the war, he enrolled at American University under the G.I. Bill and received his
undergraduate degree in 1947. He received his law degree from Catholic University in
Mr. Branthover was a member of Rockville Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.
He also was a member of the Optimist Club of Rockville, where he served as
co-president along with his wife, Donna Metcalf Branthover. An avid golfer, he belonged
to Lakewood Country Club and later Montgomery Village Golf Club. For many years, he
and his wife chaired the charity golf tournament for Children's Hospital. He also was an
active supporter of the Brave Dave charity golf tournament for multiple sclerosis
research. He loved coaching his sons' baseball teams.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, of Rockville; six children, Lynne Komai of
Alexandria, Ted Branthover of Chevy Chase, Ned Branthover of New York, Jean Benham
of Charlotte, N.C., Tom Branthover of Kensington and Robert Branthover of Berkeley
Heights, N.J.; a sister; and 15 grandchildren.
-- Joe Holley