Theodore W. Houk

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Dr. Houk in his basement workshop

Theodore W. Houk was a physician in Seattle, Washington during the mid 1900s. He was one of the first to use penicillin in the Pacific NW[citation needed] and was director of medical education at Providence Hospital in Seattle.

Ted Houk provided leadership roles in the American Model Yacht Association and his marine designs were the fastest in their class for the next 50 years.

These designs are stored at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut. He was at various times President of the Model Yacht Racing Association of America, the Washington Kayak Club, the NW Division of the American Canoe Association, and the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club which still sponsors an annual Ted Houk Memorial Regatta. He was an avid and skilled participant in all of these sports and camped from his kayak on uninhabited islands for a week at a time with only a jack knife. In his late 60s he accomplished a lifetime goal of setting foot from his kayak on all the American San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands.

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