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Monday, October 21, 2013

Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, 59

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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld of Weston, a veteran journalist and cycling enthusiast whose rides often took him on the roads of Westport, died Oct. 20 in a cycling accident in Bethel. He was 59.

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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld: veteran journalist and cycling enthusiast. Contributed photo

The husband of Kayte Steinert-Threlkeld, he was born in New Jersey on June 20, 1954, the son of the late Aubrey and Elizabeth Morgan Threlkeld. He was the editorial director of B2B Publishing at New York-based IBT Media, a global digital news organization.

He was a lifelong journalist involved in investigating and explaining how technology is used to achieve business goals.

He had a wide range of interests in various sectors of the economy, exploring and explaining the intersection of information technology with corporate performance in capital markets (at Securities Technology Monitor and Securities Industry News), in television (at Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable) and technology itself (at metropolitan daily newspapers as well as Interactive Week, Baseline and ZDNet).

He conceived and founded Baseline magazine, which specifically examined how businesses achieved or failed to achieve their objectives, through the use of information systems, in 2001.

He and his team made it a finalist for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors within four years.

Baseline also won, among other honors, the Grand Neal Award, for an investigation that uncovered a series of deaths in Panama that related to a faulty piece of software developed by a St. Louis, Mo., company.

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Steinert-Threlkeld (c) often rode his bicycle on the roads of Westport. This photo at Compo Beach was published by WestportNow in February 2011. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

He was a former business columnist and technology reporter for The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. He and wife Kayte also owned and operated a series of weekly newspapers in the Fort Worth area in the mid-1980s. He was a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

His passion outside of work was cycling and photography. His blog, Edge of the Road.com, has tracked his rides and rides of others over the years. He has logged roughly 6,000 miles each year riding through Connecticut and New York and in the 1995, cycled across the United States in 22 days.

His wife told The Dallas Morning News that he became an avid cyclist about 20 years ago, when knee problems ended his days as a runner.

“He got on the bike and never got off,” she said, adding that Steinert-Threlkeld logged more than 140,000 miles cycling since he started keeping track.

He typically rode up to 70 miles on the weekend and would have been in the home stretch, about 15 miles from home, at the time of the accident, his wife said.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Zachary Caleb Steinert-Threlkeld of San Diego, Calif., and Shane Noah Steinert-Threlkeld of Stanford, Calif., his twin brother John Threlkeld of Evergreen, Colo.,, his sister Laura Threlkeld Anello of Rockaway, N.J., and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at Cobb’s Mill Inn, Weston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Weston Warm-Up Fund or the Connecticut Humane Society.

Posted 10/21 at 02:37 PM

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