DeVito Funeral Home:The following is an obituary from
Edward Cadmus Haines, Jr., on January 13, 2014, age 76 of Waltham.
Born on May 4, 1937, in Moorestown, NJ, to Edward and Marian Haines.
Ted grew up in a Quaker household and graduated from Moorestown high
school, before attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
where he belonged to Theta Xi fraternity (Delta Chapter) and graduated
with the class of 1959 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Ted later
completed his MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and created the
TREET computer language for his thesis.
He worked at RCA in NJ and then MITRE when he moved to Lexington with his wife Liz where he spent the next 27 years raising his family.
Ted was part of the first generation of programmers, developing new
programming languages at MITRE Corporation in the 1960’s, and
subsequently developing software at MIT Lincoln Labs, and Bolt, Beranek,
& Newman (BB&N), where he worked until retirement in 1999.
Ted worked on one of the first email systems while at BB&N in
the 80’s. Ted was the loving father of the late Charles Haines of
Marlborough (deceased December 31, 2013), Frederick Haines and his
wife Rebecca of Arlington, VA, daughter Cindy and husband Al of
Chelmsford, MA, and grandfather to Tyler, Austin and Justin. He was
formerly married to Elizabeth Haines-Papagiannis of Lexington and to
Connie Dennison of Arlington, MA. He is also survived by his sisters
Elizabeth (Betty) Williamson, Martha (Molly) Haines and many nieces and
“Magnificent Ted” will also be deeply missed by many whose lives he
touched in the wide variety of community groups he participated in, from
his men’s group in which he was active for 22 years, to
consciousness-raising groups seeing new ways for communities to foster
tolerance, inclusion, understanding, and harmony. His passions included
camping at his cabin in Vermont, hiking, trail finding, beaches, yoga,
raw food, nutrition and Breyer’s Vanilla Bean ice cream!
Ted was a loving embodiment of kindness, generosity, curiosity, and
hospitality. He was always considerate and appreciative of others. He
loved to host community events in his home. He thrived in any community
where people came together to be open and honest with each other. Ted
deeply appreciated and honored the human spirit, and also loved to play
with technology. He brought his technology expertise together with his
love of hiking to use GPS to update local trail maps for the towns of
Lexington, Lincoln, Waltham, and Weston. Ted loved classical music,
especially the work of Bach, which he played on his harpsichord,
keyboards and recorder. Ted will be remembered as affectionate, grounded
and practical by those around him, who relied on his clear thinking and
ability to speak truly from the heart.
Join his family for a group reflection of Ted and his son Charles on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Quaker Meeting House of the Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138, www.fmcquaker.org (617-876-6883).
Private family burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made in Ted’s name to the National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI) at www.namimass.org or Mass Audubon www.massaudubon.org. Arrangements under the care of DeVito Funeral Homes of Arlington.