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Mike Thébaud, 79, Greenwich Sailor

GREENWICH, Conn. – Reynal de St Michel "Mike" Thébaud of Greenwich died May 5. He was 79.

Thébaud was retired from IBM after 33 years.

He was born March 10, 1933, in White Plains, N.Y., to Reynal de St Michel Thébaud Sr. and Alice Beatrice Thébaud. He graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1951 and Yale University in 1955. While at Yale, Thébaud was a member of the ROTC. Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the Air Force and served for two years in Rome, N.Y. He then joined IBM in 1958, retiring in 1991.

An avid sailor, Thébaud was a member of the American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y., and Nantucket Yacht Club. His devotion to sailing led him to adventures in racing and cruising from Long Island Sound to as far east as Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.

He was commodore of American Yacht Club from 1987 to 1988 and also participated in the race committee, trap shooting, the newsletter and the bridge group. He won many trophies in sailing and trap.

Thébaud vacationed in Nantucket, Mass., maintaining a family tradition from the late 19th century of visiting the island annually. He missed only three summers on the island. He also traveling, gardening, biking, skiing, duck-hunting and decoy-collecting, fishing and back yard birding.

He was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the Revolution in New York, St. Nicholas Society, the Pell Family Association and Mystic Seaport Pilots.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Sally Corlette Thébaud; three daughters, Navy Capt. Cindy Thébaud of Alexandria, Va., Beth Thébaud of Wilson, Wyo., and Ander Thébaud of Mount Desert, Maine; and a brother, Charles G. Thébaud of Cummaquid, Mass.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Michael Church in Greenwich. Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home in Greenwich is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Greenwich Land Trust or the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.

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