Obituaries ... George I. Theisen
George I. Theisen, 78, founder of T&S Brass & Bronze Works, died Nov. 16 in Greenville, S.C. He had been in declining health for the past several years and passed away with his family at his side. He founded T&S Brass & Bronze Works in December 1947 and served as president/CEO until 1992. In 1978 he moved the family-run business to Travelers Rest, S.C. He was a familiar figure in the plumbing industry for decades, serving on many boards and committees. He was president of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute in 1977 for a two-year term. He was also listed in “Who's Who in America for Industry and Finance.” Over the years he was recognized for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. Theisen was a World War II veteran and was decorated with the Purple Heart for his service at Iwo Jima. Survivors include his wife, Joan Theisen, five children and 13 grandchildren. One of his sons, Claude Theisen, is president of T&S and PMI board vice president. Memorial donations may be made to the George I. Theisen North Greenville Family YMCA, P.O. Box 187, Travelers Rest, SC 29690 or the George I. Theisen Scholarship Fund at Greenville Tech Foundation, P.O. Box 5616, Greenville, SC 29606.