Tod Andrew Roberts

Tod Andrew Roberts

Died June 2, 1999

A member of Silliman, Tod prepared for Yale at Garden City High School, Garden City, NY, was a member of Zeta Psi and Dwight Hall and majored in English.

He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1970 following his graduation from New York University Law School. In the class book and directory for our 25th reunion in 1990, he reported simply: “I have practiced law for the past 20 years, first as a litigator in the entertainment field, and then as in-house counsel for a TV network, and General Counsel for a major U.S. toy company and a cable TV programming company.”

The NYU Law Alumni Magazine reported further details: “A 1969 graduate of NYU School of Law, Tod worked as a litigator for Miller & Summit and for Schwartz & Frohlich. He later worked as a trademark and licensing lawyer in the legal departments of NBC and Cablevision and had been general counsel of the General Mills Toy Group (Parker Brothers and Kenner Products),”

Tod died suddenly of anaphylactic shock on June 2, 1999, survived by his wife, Gail Katherine Ommerle (deceased in 2005), and their daughter, Katherine Elizabeth Roberts.

Robert Leich remembers:
Tod and I knew one another only casually, through classes we took together, but I remember him as a handsome and elegant guy, and always with a big radiant smile. He died far too young.

William Thomas remembers:
I didn’t know Tod while at Yale. However, he joined my 1st year class at the George Washington University Law School in the Fall of 1965. Law school was not for Tod. He didn’t come back in the Fall of 1966, and I, thus, lost touch with him. He was always a comical force— funny and good looking. His responses to the law professors’ Socratic questionings were whimsical and memorable. He died at the young age of 56 it appears.

Richard Kaslow remembers:
Spirited, creative, and a sincere friend for too short a time.