Ted Salmon was born in Sevenoaks, in 1932, the youngest of 3 brothers. At age 13 he began boarding at Bishop’s Stortford College under the care of inspirational house masters, providing a deep polymath education that he treasured throughout his life. After National Service, including a short stint on the Suez Canal, he went up to Lincoln College, Oxford in 1952 reading law, however he decided not to join the legal profession and instead joined BP in 1955 in what would now be called the Human Resources department.
He developed a love for music and drama at Bishop’s Stortford, and continued that passion by joining the Philharmonia Chorus soon after its founding in the 50s. He continued to support and participate in music and drama throughout his life, including thoroughly enjoying appearing in the Passion Plays, produced by Trish Cowley and staged around Dulwich.
Ted enjoyed a varied and successful career with BP that took him to Israel, to Germany (where his wife, Jenny, joined him after they got married in 1966), and then as General Manager of BP Greece from 1974 – 1979. His final appointment before he retired in 1989 was as global Head of Human Resources for the BP Group. After leaving BP, he began a new career as a volunteer. He first spent 7 years leading the human resources activity for the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, one of the charities sponsored by Prince Charles, and an organization that was very creative in providing both financial and - as importantly - mentoring support to disadvantaged young entrepreneurs who were being ignored by mainstream financial sponsors.
Ted co-founded the Dulwich Helpline in 1993, inspired by a talk at St Barnabas, where he was a church warden, on the loneliness and neglect of the aged in our community. Ted and colleagues gradually built up the Helpline, now Southwark Linkage, into an organization which today has 420 volunteers helping over 600 people. He was a tireless advocate for the importance of social responsibility in Church life. He launched and ran for many years the Advent Appeal for the Homeless, and raised money for the Children’s Society through countless activities, including the ever-popular Children’s Society Annual Quiz night.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003, and in later years became steadily more limited in his mobility, yet to the very end of his life Ted was still actively engaged in providing support to various projects and initiatives. He was particularly pleased at recent news that he had successfully persuaded Dulwich College to make Southwark Linkage charity of the year and was hopeful that the connection would inspire Old Alleynians in the community to become volunteers.
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