Rowley — Mr. Robert S. Todd of Rowley passed over on Tuesday, March 11, surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late F. Payson Todd and Mary [Keyes] Todd and for more than 60 years the husband of Joyce “Dede” Todd. He grew up in Rowley and graduated from Newburyport High School  and Tufts University .
Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Navy as an ensign and became a gunnery officer on the heavy cruiser the U.S.S. Macon, the first ship outfitted with surface to air missiles. Years later he served as master of ceremonies during the first reunion of all those who had served aboard her.
Upon discharge he joined and succeeded his father as the writer of The New England Counselor, a weekly forecast of the stock market. In 1966 he and Arthur Burns, later to be head of the Federal Reserve, were the featured speakers at a seminar in Skytop, Pennsylvania. At the time the Market was considered a sure bet to break 1000 barrier but Mr. Todd predicted that it would not, but that by the end of the decade it would be down below 640, a low it hit in the fall of 1969. He later managed a hedge fund and off-shore fund from his office above the Bank of Israel in New York before returning to Rowley to resume his forecasting.
During the 1980s he set up and headed the equity division of Mass Mutual’s star agency at Center Plaza in Boston. And in the 1990s became Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Investment Profiles.
A direct descendent of the second and fourth Ministers of the town of Rowley, Mr. Todd had a long life of service to his churches. As a youth and then later in life he contributed his services to the First Congregational Church of Rowley where he was involved in the effort to restore the clock on the church steeple and used his experience to help manage the finances and assets of the church. As a younger man he was a vestryman, Warden, Sunday School Teacher, Lay Reader and Treasurer at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport, and for a time was the children’s rector during a period when the children of the Parish attended services in St. Ann’s Chapel.