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Born in Coldwater, Michigan, Teeter worked in various capacities for four presidents, and numerous governors and senators. Formerly the president of Market Opinion Research, he later founded an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based consulting firm, Coldwater Corporation. He also conducted a national polling program for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal.
He graduated from Albion College in 1961 and also served on its board of trustees. He earned a master's degree from Michigan State University. He also served on the board of directors for UPS, Visteon Corporation, Kaydon Corporation and the Bank of Ann Arbor, as well as the University of Michigan Business School’s William Davidson Institute and the Fair Lane Learning Institute. He also served as a member of the grant screening committee at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Grand Rapids.
He died in Ann Arbor from cancer.