Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00
Mr. Theodore “Ted” Cronyn II, a former reporter for the Associated Press, correspondent for Yank Magazine, and longtime resident of Plandome, died at his home in Darien, CT on July 9, 2010. He was 97 years old.
Mr. Cronyn, son of Thoreau and Chita Kraft Cronyn, was born in Brooklyn, and his family moved to Plandome, L.I. in 1920. After graduating from Manhasset High School in 1931, he attended Hamilton and Acadia Colleges and then worked for the New York Herald Tribune until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. He was sent overseas and stationed in Newfoundland and later Iceland, where he was a reporter and photographer for Yank Magazine.
In 1943 he was assigned to the 11th Armored Division, g-2 and g-3 sections. Mr. Cronyn served in France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg, and he covered the Battle of the Bulge.
When the war ended, Mr. Cronyn was a tech sergeant assigned to Combat PRO, a post-war office in Paris. During this period, he was sent to ski school in Germany, and he helped organize a GI tennis tournament at Wimbledon. He was also elected first president of the 11th Armored Division Association.
In 1947 Mr. Cronyn returned home and began work in New York City as a reporter for the Associated Press, where for 30 years he covered headline news and newsmakers. During this time he often covered New York City’s Federal Court beat and reported many high-profile cases, from the Alger Hiss trial to that of John Mitchell and Maurice Stans. Mr. Cronyn retired from the AP in 1977, and he continued to live in Plandome until 2003, when he moved to Connecticut to be closer to his sister.
“As a newspaperman, Ted had enormous integrity. He never embellished a story or tossed off an easy phrase that didn’t do justice to the facts,” recalled his nephew John Parrott, formerly of Plandome.
In 1960, Mr. Cronyn married Norma Jean Alessandrini, Belleview Hospital’s director of recreation, who died in 1968. Mr. Cronyn is survived by a sister, Nancy (Mrs. Cornelius Knox), of Darien, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cronyn’s interests included photography, tennis, skiing, and especially sailing at Manhasset Bay and off the coasts of Maine and California. During the 1950s and ’60s he raced in the Snipe class on Manhasset Bay and Long Island Sound.
The family requests that donations be made in his name to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Family services will be private.