Ted Banick December 11, 1932 – December 24, 2015
SSS member Col. Theodore J. Banick, USAF, Headed West Dec. 24, 2015 in Banning, CA. A memorial service will be held at Riverside National Cemetery Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Ted, as he was known to all, was born Dec. 11, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois and joined the United States Air Force in 1952 and served until 1980. While in the Air Force, he trained in the PA-18, T-6, T-28, T-33, and 2 helicopter type. He was commissioned in 1954 and went on to fly the F-86, F-104, F-100, F-4, and T-39. He served the USAF in many places and capacities, including 2 tours in Vietnam.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, Ted became an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, Institute of Safety and Systems Management, then an aviation safety consultant and accident investigator.
In 1995 he began his career as a “professional retiree and amateur golfer”.
Ted was a member of several pilot and safety organizations. He loved the Air Force, aviation, golf, music, old movies, his dogs, and his friends. He was a lifelong Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan, and really enjoyed USC Trojans football and was a longtime supporter of their marching band.