Theodore James Karwin

  • Born: November 13, 1985
  • Died: March 24, 2009
  • Location: Portland, Oregon

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6705 SE 14th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Theodore (Ted) James Karwin

Theodore 'Ted' James Karwin, son of Tom and Nancy Karwin passed away March 24, 2009. He was born November 13, 1985 in Portland, Oregon, where he made his home for the most part of his life. Ted was a well liked senior at the University of Portland where he studied finance and marketing and was set to graduate and receive his degree in Business Administration in two months. He had transferred from Chapman University in Orange County about two years ago. His passion for advertising and marketing led him to membership in Alpha Kappa Psi. Although only attending UP for two years, his bright smile and charisma impressed students and professors throughout the UP community. ASUP President Kyle Bunch said Karwin was widely involved in university events and activities. "He added so much to our community here at UP", Bunch said. "He was such a driven person and he really made an inmpact on everyone around him". Diane Martin, associate business professor said Karwin was a well-respected student. "Ted was a joy in the classroom with a ready smile and a generous sense of humor", Martin said. Brian Paquette, a 27 year old interior designer described Karwin as an amazing friend. "He always made you feel as if you were the most important person in the room", Paquette said. Paquette described Ted as predictable, always answering the phone on the second ring, returning phone calls, emails and text messages. Along with being charismatic and driven, he was one to go out and get what he wanted, once he had set his mind on it. Others described Ted as one who was always there to listen, help and offer meaningful advice. While attending UP, he had such ambition and drive that a postition of public relations director was specifically created at UP for Ted to sit on the executive board. Along with his committment to school, Karwin's friends and blog talked about his keen interest in fashion, design and cars. The self described "denim snob" often wrote about his interests, especially the continuing progress of his apartment remodel and the latest performance car trends . Ted was an avid "autocrosser" and his car interests led him to active involvement in the Oregon Region Porsche Club and the Sports Car Club of America. He was often seen riding his white bike around NW Portland with friends. In addition to many friends, he is survived by his parents, two aunts, Deborah Varner and Janet Kasperbauer, one uncle, Donald McEwan and his faithful companion "Fred the Dog". His life has touched many people and the positive impact he had on others will be remembered as "a good friend, now and forever".

A Memorial Service celebrating Ted's life was held at 1:00pm on April 1, 2009 at the Southlake Foursquare Church in West Linn, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Oregon Humane Society or The American Cancer Society or Oregon Research Institute for adolescent depression. For contribution information, contact Wilhelm's Portland Memorial at 503.236.4141 or