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Ernest Theodore “Ted” Hinshaw, Jr.
August 26, 1928 – July 24, 2012

Business Leader and Olympic Yachting Organizer

It took nearly four years to organize, but in the end it was hailed as “the greatest Olympic Regatta ever held.” When Peter Ueberroth thought about summer in Southern California, he knew that the sailing events for his privately financed 1984 Los Angeles Olympics would attract special attention—and scrutiny. His choice for Commissioner of Yachting would have to be someone with tremendous organizational energy, hardcore business management expertise and major-league yachting credibility.

The story of how Ernest Theodore “Ted” Hinshaw, Jr. became that someone is the story of his life.

Armed with his officer training as a US Marine Captain, his Stanford MBA, and (most importantly) his wife Nell—a woman of great strengths in her own right—Ted embarked on a long and successful business career with LA-headquartered The Capital Group Companies/American Funds where he managed many challenging programs in numerous positions: first as an insightful financial analyst concentrating on the explosive, post-war airline, tobacco, and construction industries; then as the company’s first man on Wall Street; then—once back in southern California—as executive and Director of many of Capital’s most successful mutual funds while also coordinating the firm’s relentless expansion in both real estate and critical data-transfer systems as their Director of Operational Planning.

During the “New York Years,” Ted and Nell would come back to southern California each summer with their four young children, spending a delightful month on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. It was during these summer vacations that the whole family developed a great affinity for life on the water. When it was time to return to the LA office permanently, the family elected to make Newport their home; for Ted, the brutal, pre-405, pre-cell phone commute to downtown LA was worth the many benefits of living at the beach. Chief among those benefits would be living on Lido Isle and learning to sail along side his kids.

Sailing in Newport Beach means racing, and it wasn’t long before Ted was figuring out not only the go-fast stuff but, as a born organizer, the ins and outs of administering his new sport. A second, parallel career in volunteer race management and yacht club administration started to take shape. Within a few years Ted would be presiding over not only his own fleets (Kite and Lido 14 classes), but—as Commodore of the Lido Isle Yacht Club, the Association of Orange Coast Yacht Clubs and The Southern California Yachting Association, and then as a Director of The Pacific Coast Yachting Association and US Sailing (USYRU)—entire yachting organizations.

When Peter Ueberroth called, these two wonderful careers converged in a true, once-in-a-lifetime assignment. As the newly appointed Commissioner of Yachting for the LA Olympics, Ted set about building an organization of nearly 2,000 paid and volunteer personnel and a world-class sailing venue in Long Beach. The four-year effort was a dream-come-true in that it married everything he loved about both his profession and favorite pastime. Drawing on his many friends, family and associates within the sport, Ted and his team went on to stage one of the world’s great sailing events, both on the water and off.

Accepting the Olympic assignment meant taking an extended leave of absence from a very supportive Capital Group—a leave that would become permanent immediately following the Games when Ted announced his intention to retire from the company in order to pursue yet another dream: taking his own 44’ sailboat Briny Bender to the Caribbean for a multi-year cruise with family and friends.

The years that followed the Caribbean adventure centered around his children, their growing families, various ongoing Capital Group Directorships, designing and building the custom yacht Roadster with his son, and supporting numerous causes with his time, expertise and financial resources: Stanford University’s Sailing Program, serving as Trustee for many years; Girl Scout Council of Orange County, serving in various positions; the Hoag Memorial Hospital Foundation, serving as Investment Advisor; and the United States Sailing Center, Long Beach (PCSF), serving in various advisory capacities continuously since helping to found the organization in 1981. Along the way, Nell and Ted were also able to endow an eponymous Fellowship for young men and women at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ted died on Tuesday, July 24th as a result of Parkinson’s-related complications. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nell Marie Hinshaw; one son, Marc Christopher Hinshaw (Alyce Dabney); three daughters Lisa Ann Hinshaw, Jennifer Hinshaw (Richard Manley), and Amy Hinshaw Gutierez (Sebastian); and six grandchildren Ellery, Calhoun, Andy, Alicia, Cristina, and Owen.

To honor sailing and Ted’s Olympic legacy, the family would like to see big memorial donations made to the Pacific Coast Sailing Foundation (PCSF) c/o the United States Sailing Center, Long Beach, 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803; 562-433-7939; www.ussclb.org.


Ernest Theodore “Ted” Hinshaw, Jr.
August 26, 1928 – July 24, 2012

Business Leader and Olympic Yachting Organizer


1928 Born San Rafael, CA
1946 Graduates Sacramento High School
1951 BA, Psychology, Stanford University
1951/1953 US Marine Corps; Korea; Captain
1952/2012 Married to Nell Marie Schildmeyer
1955 Son Marc
1957 MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Daughter Lisa
1957/1960 Capital Research and Management, Los Angeles: Financial Analyst
1959 Daughter Jennifer
1961 Daughter Amy
1961/1966 Capital Research and Management, NYC; Executive
1967/1984 Capital Group/American Funds, Los Angeles; Executive, Director
1968 Kite Class: National President
1973 LIYC; Commodore
1976 AOCYC; Commodore
1977/1981 BOAT; Director
1978 Lido 14 International Class President
1979 SCYA; Commodore
1979/1980 PCYA; Director
1980/1881 US Sailing (USYRU); Director
1980/1984 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics; Commissioner of Yachting
1981/2012 United States Sailing Center, Long Beach; Advisory Committee Member
1984/1987 Briny Bender; Extended Caribbean Cruising
1984/1996 Stanford Intercollegiate Sailing Program; Trustee
1986 Grandson Ellery
1987 Established the E. T. Hinshaw, Jr. and Nell Hinshaw Fellowship at Stanford GSB
1992 Grandson Calhoun
1992/1997 Hoag Memorial Hospital Foundation; Investment Advisor
1993/2002 Girl Scout Council of Orange County; Officer
1996 Retires from Capital Group Directorship(s)
Grandson Andy
1997/2000 Roadster Project
1998/2001 Friends of Girl Scouts; Trustee
2000 Granddaughters Ali and Crissy
2001 Grandson Owen
2012 Died Newport Beach, CA


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