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Tod New

Frederick Leroy "Tod" New was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada on September 9, 1902, the son of Rose Helen Karn and Frederick New, a cabinetmaker. He moved to California and married Jessica Marie Brock (born in Bogard, Missouri) in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve 1931. Together they had one son, Frederick David New, born in San Diego, California in 1933.

Tod worked in the automotive business in Los Angeles and San Diego before moving to Kansas City in 1937. During World War II he was an airplane engine inspector for the Pratt-Whitney Company, and after the war he became director of the Kansas City School of Watchmaking. This was a school establish by the "G.I. Bill," as a program designed to help returning veterans learn a trade. The school had over 1,000 students working in the Manufactures Trade building in downtown Kansas City.

On a 1946 summer vacation to Colorado Springs, Tod decided he would like to live in Colorado. An excellent job offer turned up in Denver to start a watchmaking school there. This was a wonderful opportunity, so he moved to Denver and directed the school for four years until the G. I. Bill program ended.

Tod always had an excellent sense for business, and this lead to many opportunities and lasting friendships. He served on the board of directors of the Denver-Golden Uranium Company, a small company doing uranium exploration along the Front Range of Colorado. He made several very good discoveries or uranium deposits. Responding to the "uranium boom," Tod started a prospecting supplies business in Denver called the Uranium Corner in 1953. Business was so good that in 1954 he asked his son to join him, and they expanded the business into Uranium Corner and Denver's Lapidary Center, a mineral shop and supplier of lapidary materials and prospecting equipment at 2153 Broadway in Denver. Tod sold the business to Donald Knutsen in 1967 and retired to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he and his wife lived until Tod's death. Don Knutsen continued the business until the early 1980s when it was closed and the building torn down for parking lot.

Tod New died August 15, 1988 in Coupeville, Washington and is buried in Oak Harbor, Washington. His wife Marie passed away in 2001.

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