Acknowledging Ted Beattieby Representative Danny K. Davis
Posted on 2015-12-15
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I rise to acknowledge a
dear friend and an exceptional leader, Mr. Ted Beattie, as he retires
as President and CEO of Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. Ted has very many
notable achievements during his tenure at Shedd, from the $45 million
Wild Reef exhibit that features one of the largest and most diverse
shark exhibits in North America; the renovation of the aquarium's
popular Abbott Oceanarium marine mammal pavilion; and housing of eight
amazing beluga whales.
I have had been pleased that Ted opened the doors of Shedd to several of Chicago's school groups to learn more about marine based sciences and get an in depth look into the vast exhibits to encourage our children to engage in science and biology based careers.
Further, I have been told that Ted is an amazing golfer and as a high school golfer, played with Renee Powell against Legendary Boxer Joe Louis and Althea Gibson. While Ted has called Chicago home for many years, he is undoubtedly an extremely passionate and dedicated Ohio State graduate and fan (a rival of our Flagship University of Illinois).
Ted is an active member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), and serves on several boards including the American Association of Museums, the Arts Club board of directors and is a member of the Chicago Club, the Commercial Club of Chicago, Economic Club of Chicago, the Onwentsia Country Club and the Plantation Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
I am hopeful that Ted continues his services to the greater arts community and his Alma Mata, the Ohio State University. I am certain that he will continue to enjoy the game of golf that he loves and will inspire those involved in marine sciences for many years to come. Transition to retirement can be fun, enjoyable and relaxing, so to Ted . . .
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.