Ted Farrell

SSI Hall Of Fame: 2004

Career Highlights

  • Earned doctorate from USC
  • Spent two tours in U.S. Navy
  • In 1961, formed Linear in den of his house to manufacture and sell radio controls for automatic garage doors
  • Extended product line to wireless security
  • Company later acquired Colorado Electro-Optics, added hardwired products and went public

Why He’s on the List

  • Brought together talented group of people, including his partner, Bill Schanbacher, and melded them into cohesive commercial enterprise
  • Linear has continued on as one of the industry’s most prominent manufacturers

Comments & Reaction: “It is remarkable, looking back, how few companies had any interest in home security only a few short years ago. I would like to be remembered as a good father and an all-around good guy. I am surprised to have been included in SSI’s list and pleased to participate.”

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