Ted Lockwood ’42, Former Trinity President and Mirror Editor, Dies

Northwood School has lost a notable alumnus. Theodore D. Lockwood ‘42 died recently at his home in Vermont at the age of 94. Lockwood was President of Trinity College from 1968 to 1981 and was the founding president of United World College-USA.

Ted Senior Portrait 1942

Ted Lockwood’s Senior Portrait from Epitome in 1942

At Northwood School, he had an impressive array of accomplishments that included writing for The Mirror for five years, three of them as editor-in-chief.

Lockwood at Trinity

Theodore Lockwood, center, stands with Trinity College’s first female graduates in 1970. From left to right: Elizabeth Gallo, Judith Odlum Pomeroy, Judy Dworin and Roberta Russell. Trinity began admitting female students, including these upperclasswomen, in 1969. Lockwood died on Monday. He was 94. (Photo courtesy of Trinity College)


After Northwood, Lockwood attended Trinity College where he graduated Valedictorian of his class. At Trinity, he achieved numerous accolades and accomplishments. Lockwood lettered in football, held numerous leadership roles, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After Trinity, he went on to get his masters degree at Princeton and later returned to Trinity as President of the College in 1968. In just his second semester as president, Lockwood and the Board of Trustees made it possible for female students from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY  to transfer to Trinity. Female students were allowed to apply as undergraduates by the next year.

Ted Lockwood at United World College-USA

Ted Lockwood, pictured in 1983 at United World College-USA, was the founding president of the international baccalaureate school. (Barbaraellen Koch/Albuquerque Journal)


In his last year as President of Trinity, Lockwood received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the College. Before that, he earned the 175th Eigenbrodt Cup, presented to the Alumnus who “exemplifies the college’s mission and upholds its proud tradition of scholarship, leadership, and innovation,” a similar honor to the Northwood School Seal prize, which he also was awarded in 1942, his senior year.

While his obituaries remember Lockwood’s many accomplishments as a higher education administrator, a study of Northwood’s newspapers and yearbooks during Lockwood’s six years at Northwood (he started as a seventh grader), makes it clear that his high school career was equally celebrated.


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His list of accolades and achievements at Northwood are simply breathtaking:


  • Student Council
  • Athletic Council
  • The Mirror (Editor-in-Chief for 3 years)
  • Outing Club (President for two years)
  • Citizenship Prize (3 years)
  • King Trophy Award (3 years)
  • Commencement Marshal
  • The Epitome (Editor-in-Chief)
  • School Seal Prize

Academic Honors:

  • First or Second Scholar (all six years)
  • Cum Laude Society
  • Winner, Isham Speaker
  • Winner, Bradley Speaker
  • Dickson Speaker
  • Phrontisterion Society
  • Ogilvy Poetry Prize

10 Varsity Letters:

  • Football (2)
  • Baseball (4) MVP
  • Ski Team (3) Captain
  • Basketball (1)

Club Memberships:

  • Glee Club
  • Orchestra
  • Double Quartet
  • Dramatic Club
  • Debating Team

While Theodore Lockwood may not yet be well-known among current Northwood students, he will be forever regarded as one of Northwood School’s most celebrated students and alumni. It’s hard to imagine a more accomplished graduate who exemplified Northwood’s core values.


See also: Hartford Courant, Trinity College, Albuquerque Journal


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