Thomas H. Black, 85, of Fairfield, formerly of Darien and Greenwich, husband to Lisa Hunter Black, died June 30, 2010, at Stamford Hospital.

In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by his two daughters, Kelly Windsor and her husband, Michael of California, and Leslie Cheney and her husband, Jim of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Hailey and Madeline Windsor, and Caylin, Jillian, Tess and Blake Cheney; one sister, Deborah Kelly of Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Irene Clark and Ann Matson.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Black was raised in Riverside and Greenwich. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees for two years at the end of World War II. He worked for Time and Life magazines in advertising sales. Later, he helped establish the Smithsonian Magazine, where he served for 25 years before retiring as associate publisher. During his career, he lived in New York City, Detroit and Darien and recently moved to Fairfield.

Black was a member of Weeburn Country Club and a former member of the Yale Club. A New York Yankees fan, he was a real sportsman who loved to play squash, football, hockey and to ski. He was also a talented tournament golf player. He traveled much of the world for business, and enjoyed taking his family along when possible.

A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, July 7, at 3 p.m. at Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church, 1089 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, with the Rev. Kunsam Cho to officiate.

Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1 Union St., Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 0891; or the American Lung Association, 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108-3272.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home of Fairfield. To sign an online guest register, visit