David Tod, 88, a descendent of one of the founding families of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, died peacefully April 23, 2014 at Northside Medical Center.
He was born July 10, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of Marguerite and Fred Tod Sr. He was a great-grandson of David Tod, who served as Ohio's Civil War Governor during President Abraham Lincoln's administration. His grandfather, William Tod, was the manufacturer of large steam powered engines for use in the iron and steel industry.
Mr. Tod graduated from the Choate School in Connecticut and received his college degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1949. After college, he worked at Youngstown Sheet and Tube before starting a 25 year career with the investment firm of Prescott, Ball & Turben in Youngstown. With Daniel B. Roth, in 1971 he co-founded and served as president and chairman of the venture capital company Torent Inc. Torent provided financial capital to develop local companies, including the formation of McDonald Steel which purchased its assets from US Steel, and later was president and chairman of McDonald Steel.
During World War II, Mr. Tod enlisted and served in the Army Air Forces from 1945-1946.
He was active in community service, and he served as president of various Youngstown organizations.
He was an avid golfer and was a past champion of Youngstown Country Club. He also enjoyed handball, skeet shooting, tennis and squash.
He leaves his children David (Rollin) Tod II of Hudson; Elizabeth (Howard) McMillan of Orono, Minn.; William Bruce Tod of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and six grandchildren, Parker, Holly and Hilary Tod, Katherine and Maggie McMillan, and John David Tod, and his sister-in-law Nancy B. Tod of Youngstown.
He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth, his brother Fred Tod, and sisters, Marguerite Owsley, Sallie Ketcham and Katherine Johnstone.
He will be laid to rest in the family plot at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation, 2261 Hubbard Road Youngstown, Ohio. 44505 or donations can be made online at www.todengine.org/donate.html
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home's website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.