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Former trustee passes

Ted Cranston

Ted Cranston

Ted Cranston, a former member of the Salk Institute board of trustees, passed away January 31, at age 72. A vibrant and tireless trustee, Cranston served on the Salk board from 2001-2009 and was a chair of the President's Club.

As a partner in the law firm DLA Piper, specializing in trusts, Cranston initially got involved with the Salk in the early 1990s, when he was asked to advise the Institute about estate planning. He and his wife, Warrine, worked diligently to secure a strong financial future for Salk.

"We want the Salk and its world-class researchers to have the flexibility to use annual gifts to address the greatest areas of need," Cranston said in a 2003 interview. "Once you get involved with the Salk and get to know the people and mission, you want others to get involved, to produce closer ties to the community, and generate additional support."

Beyond his work with the Institute, Cranston was active in the community, serving on the boards of the La Jolla Playhouse, Stanford Law School, San Diego Symphony, Girl Scouts of San Diego, United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of San Diego, and San Diego Center for Children, among others.

Cranston is survived by his wife, Warrine, daughters Julie and Jodi Cranston, four grandchildren, and brother, Hal Cranston.