John Edward "Ted" Savage Jr., an accomplished jazz musician who had been a teacher at McDonogh School and a sporting goods salesman, died of heart failure Thursday while playing golf in Kansas City, Mo. He was 53.
The Baltimore native graduated from McDonogh in 1957 and from Amherst College in 1961. He earned a master's degree in education from Johns Hopkins University and had been working toward another in marriage and family counseling at Luther-Rice Seminary in Atlanta.
He taught in McDonogh's lower school from 1961 to 1966, becoming head of the lower school the last two years.
In 1961, he married the former Toddy Simms of Clarks Summit, Pa. They lived on the McDonogh campus until 1966, when Mr. Savage began representing several sporting goods companies in Georgia and South Carolina. The couple settled in Lawrenceville, Ga., one year ago.
Mr. Savage was deacon of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Atlanta, a Sunday school teacher and a member of the church orchestra. He played the saxophone and clarinet with The Little Big Band, a jazz group in Atlanta.
Jazz musicians among his friends played at the memorial service Sunday at Atlanta's Rehoboth Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amy Savage Kaak of Auburn, Ala.; a son, James L. Savage of Mobile, Ala.; his father, Dr. John Savage, former chief of staff at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, now of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a sister, Caroline Savage Wanstall of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a niece, Margaret Wanstall of St. Paul, Minn.; a nephew, Andrew Wanstall of Northfield, Minn.; and an uncle, William H. Townsend of Cambridge.
The family suggested memorial donations to McDonogh School, Owings Mills 21117 or to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 1141 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta 30309.