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(Fagg and Szarvas Family Papers)
Manuscript Archive of the interrelated Fagg and Szarvas Families including: Correspondence of Kenneth Stanley Fagg, commercial and advertising artist, while a student at University of Wisconsin and later in New York as an art student and while working as an illustrator, and his student, fiancé, and later wife, school teacher, Marion Rebuschatis, of Washington, D.C., and related correspondence of the family of Theodore "Theodore of the Ritz" Szarvas, maître d' hotel of the Ritz Carleton, whose daughter Janet married the noted IBM Computer Engineer Peter Fagg, son of Kenneth and Marion Fagg. The Archive includes diaries, photographs, manuscript and printed paper ephemera, all dated 1896-1983.

Large Archive includes 2,191 letters, comprising 6,737 manuscript and typed pages, plus over 1,000 pieces of paper and printed ephemera. Of the 2,191 letters, 1,626 letters (4,793 pages, dated 1920-1983) are from  the family of Kenneth S. Fagg and Marion Rebuschatis and their children, with the remaining 565 letters (1,944 pages, dated 1896-1960) that of the family of Theodore Szarvas and his wife Vivian Florence Fraser and their children.

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Description of the Fagg family section of archive:

1,626 letters, comprising 4,793 manuscript and typed pages broken down as follows:

1920s: 1920: 1 letter, 7 pages; 1921: 169 letters, 444 pages; 1922: 154 letters, 508 pages;1923: 62 letters, 186 pages;1924: 153 letters, 465 pages;1925: 117 letters, 387 pages;1926: 135 letters, 370 pages;1927: 78 letters, 201 pages;1928: 8 letters, 17 pages. This part of the collection is mainly correspondence between Kenneth S. Fagg and Marion Rebuschatis both before and after they were married, while they were both attending college at the University of Wisconsin, and when Kenneth was attending art school in New York City, and beginning his career as an artist and illustrator.

1930s-1980s: 155 letters, 448 pages. This section of the archive includes 52 letters written by Marion Fagg in 1938 to her Aunt Emma Noud, her mother's sister. At this time the Faggs were living at Sunnyside Gardens, L.I, and Aunt Emma at Washington, D.C. The correspondence seems to have been started with a hospital stay for a broken hip by Aunt Emma. Also included in this section of the correspondence collection are 43 letters written to Donald Fagg, the son of Kenneth and Marion Fagg. Donald's brother Peter Fagg, the noted IBM computer engineer, wrote 24 of these letters between 1950-1952, with Donald's father writing 37 letters to him between 1947-1952, and his mother Marion (3 letters) and his sister-in-law, Janet Szarvas Fagg (1 letter) also writing to him. Additionally there are other letters to Donald Fagg from Harvard University, Boston University, Ohio Wesleyan University, the New York Psychiatric Institute, and the Selective Service System.  Donald Fagg committed suicide in 1957 and these letters written to him were apparently retained by the family after his death. In this section are also 4 letters written by Donald Fagg, written to his two Aunts Margaret and Emma, when he was a child. Peter Fagg also writes a letter to his parents and receives a letter from the Chappaqua Historical Society concerning the possible donation of paintings. There are also letters written to Ken and Marion from friends or family dating from the1960s-1970s.

Undated Letters: 594 letters, 1,760 pages. Most of these undated letters do not have their mailing envelopes attached to them. (There are over 500 envelopes in this collection that are not with their letters, undoubtedly, a good many of these letters belong to these envelopes). Kenneth S. Fagg never wrote the date on his letters until later in life, thus most of these undated letters (approximately 512) are written by Kenneth S. Fagg in the 1920s. The envelopes in this collection are important for helping to date the correspondence. Of course the type of stationary and the contents of the letters, also help to date the letters. About 18 undated letters are written by Marion, the rest of them by other correspondents.

Summary: The bulk of the correspondence in this archive is mainly between Kenneth and Marion. The couple writes to each other, and with occasional letters by family, friends, or fellow students and or business associates. Of the letters in the archive, 1,169 letters were written by Kenneth S. Fagg, Marion wrote 262. The remaining letters were written by family, friends, or others. As might be expected, the correspondence was heavy during the years the couple was courting, engaged, and the year they married. After they married in 1927 most correspondence was written by Kenneth, while he was travelling, or working out of town, while Marion was still in either Washington, D.C., or away at university, occasionally there are letters between the parents and their children. Of the letters written by Kenneth S. Fagg, a number of them (38) are illustrated with drawings, sketches, portraits, cartoons, of considerable interest and demonstrate Fagg's skill and talents as a graphic artist and designer, etc. The letters give some interesting insight into the  life of an artist and illustrator in New York City in the 1920s, attending many art exhibitions at galleries, theatrical performances, plays, or concerts, while he was an art student.

Description of Szarvas section of Archive:

The second section of this archival collection is comprised of the correspondence of the Szarvas family, Theodore "Theodore of the Ritz" Szarvas, his wife Vivian Florence Fraser, and their four children, Theodore, Jr., James H., Robert, and Janet. Janet Szarvas married Peter Fagg, the son of Kenneth and Marion Fagg mentioned above. It is from Janet and Peter Fagg's family that the two sections of the archive are connected and descended. This section of the archive consists of 565 letters (1,944 pages) dated 1896-1960.

Theodore Szarvas, Sr.: 69 letters, 269 pages, dated 1907-1952, written mainly to his wife, with most being on the letterhead of  the various hotels at which he was employed, including: the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly, London, England (1909-1912, 1914); Grand Hotel Royal, Nagyszalloda, Budapest, Hungary (1913); Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New York, NY (1916-1917, 1923, 1927. 1931), Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey (1927); The Midnight Sun (Swedegran Restaurants, Inc.), New York, NY (1938); Hotel Pierre, New York, New York (undated). The letters are interesting as they show the movements and progress of Theodore as he builds his career and establishes himself in upper echelons of haute cuisine and fine dining. He worked at the Ritz in London and other places, then went to Budapest, returned to London, then on to New York City where he worked at the Ritz-Carlton and where his name became synonymous with fine dining. He writes love letters and poetry to his wife, discusses his work at various hotel restaurants, he describes the political situation in London at the beginning of WWI, when he was forced to leave his position at the Ritz due to his Hungarian nationality. During the early years of their marriage (1911-1913) when they lived in London, Vivian took trips back to New York while her husband Theodore remained abroad.

Vivian Florence Fraser Szarvas: 72 letters, 329 pages, dated 1907-1957, includes correspondence from Vivian to Theodore Szarvas before they were married (32 letters dated 1907-1909), letters during their marriage (when they lived in London and she visited America twice), and after they moved to America permanently. The letters show the progress of their secret courtship while they lived in New York City and later when Theodore moved to London to work at the Ritz. A couple of the later letters are to her children, or a friend, however the bulk of the letters are written to her husband Theodore. (Sixteen of these letters are undated).

Millie Hartman: mother of Vivian Florence Fraser Szarvas, 69 letters, 367 pages, dated 1901-1920, this part of the collection consists of letters written by Mrs. Hartman to her daughter Vivian when she took two extended trips without her daughter accompanying her. One trip was to Hot Springs, Virginia in 1901 and another, a trip to Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland) in 1902. Vivian appears to have stayed home with family. Vivian was then a child of 11 to 12 years old. Other letters (1910-1914) are written to Vivian by her mother when Vivian left home to join and marry Theodore Szarvas in London, still others written to Vivian by Millie when Vivian was in Budapest with her husband (1913) and still other letters are written Vivian when she returned to America from London. Millie signs the letters often simply with "Mother" or sometimes "Grandma & Mother." The letters to Vivian written when she went to London, show her mother's displeasure at her daughter's decision to go away and marry Theodore, a much older man.

James and Florence Szarvas: 63 letters, 190 pages, dated 1927-1954, writing to his parents and siblings (Florence is James Szarvas' wife) while traveling abroad (1927 and 1931) as a child, and later while serving in the military in WWII (1943-1945), while at Camp Upton, NY, Quincy, MA, Fort Eustis, VA, with Battery A, 5th Battalion, and later at the Antiaircraft Artillery Training Center, Camp Stewart, Georgia, and still later at Camp Gordon, Georgia, and further correspondence after the war, when he returned to civilian life.

Janet Szarvas Fagg: 124 letters, 349 pages, dated 1927-1960, of which most are written in the first half of the 1950s to her mother, Vivian Szarvas, signing her name and her husband Peter's name. Peter's correspondence to his parents and siblings is located within the Fagg section of this archive. Janet studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York City, winning a couple of awards while a student. She illustrates a couple of her letters.

Robert Szarvas: 13 letters, 37 pages, dated 1949-1954, written to his parents and siblings, while serving with the 601st A.C. & W. Sqd. of the Air Force at Rothwesten, Germany, and stateside at Moses Lake, Washington.

Theodore Szarvas, Jr.: 56 letters, 183 pages, dated 1918-1953, written while studying at M.I.T (1928-1929), while serving in WWII (1943-1945), and after the war. Thirty-six of these letters are written while young Theodore is serving in the U.S. Army with the 99th Repair Squadron, 59th ADG, in Guam, Pearl Harbor (HI), Oklahoma and Texas. His letters are mainly addressed to his parents and siblings.

Other letters in this collection are written to Theodore (18 letters, 27 pages) and to his wife Vivian (81 letters, 193 pages) written by friends, family, or business associates. There are also 6 "certificates," or letters of recommendation for Theodore, which document his rise in the restaurant world.          


6 diaries, 532 pages, dated 1916-1922, as follows:

Diary of Marion Rebuschatis, 120 pages, dated 1916, pocket diary, 2 entries per page, bound in leather, written in ink, legible hand, minor wear, kept while in her junior year of high school in Washington, D.C.

Diary of Cora Noud Rebuschatis, 187 pages, dated 1916, pocket diary, bound in limp leather, worn, written closely in ink, but legible, two days per page with a memorandum section at bottom of page, a couple of pages of cash accounts kept in rear. Cora is the sister of Marion Rebuschatis.

Unidentified diary, likely one of the Rebuschatis sisters (likely Cora Noud Rebuschatis), 124 pages, dated 1917, pocket diary, bound in leather, worn.

Unidentified diary, likely one of the Rebuschatis sisters (not Marion), 21 pages, dated 1918, kept while at Camp Merritt.

Unidentified diary, likely one of the Rebuschatis sisters (not Marion), 92 pages, dated 1918-1919, stiff limp wrappers, written in ink, legible hand. This diary was kept while stationed at Camp Merritt during World War One. There is much description of camp life and of the soldiers arriving at Camp Merritt from the battlefront.

Diary of Emma Noud, 81 pages, dated 1922, stiff limp wrappers, written in ink, legible hand,  kept while on a tour of Europe, during which she visited Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, amongst other places and writes informative entries on the cities she visits. Emma Noud is either the sister or aunt of Marion Rebuschatis.

        Over 1000 Pieces of Miscellaneous Paper Ephemera for the Fagg and Szarvas Families as follows:

524 Envelopes (separated from the undated letters in collection); 120 Miscellaneous Printed and Ms Paper (scraps, notes, etc); 35 Greeting Cards; 210  Post Cards, used; 41 Newspaper & Magazine clippings; 54 Family Related Paper Ephemera - U of Wisconsin related material, medical bills, utility bills, old check stubs, report cards, Will of Theodore Szarvas, cemetery plot papers, Red Cross ID cards, Foster Parent papers, Unemployment Insurance papers, Immigration Inspection Card for Theodore Szarvas, etc.; 46 Cards (wedding invitations, sympathy cards, calling and business cards); 12 Theater Programs; 7 Art Exhibit Catalogues; 33 Photographs; 4 Hand Drawn Illustrations by Kenneth S. Fagg.

        Biography of Kenneth Stanley Fagg and Marion Rebuschatis

Kenneth Stanley Fagg was born May 29, 1901 at Chicago, Illinois and died 7 January 1980. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin and afterwards studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago and Art Students League in New York City and became a prolific advertising and magazine illustrator, book artist, painter and art director.

Fagg was the son of Peter Albert Fagg (1874-1968) and Eva Maude Ross (1869-1941) and the nephew of the Rev. John Gerardus Fagg (1860-1917), a missionary to China and a long time minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. Kenneth's parents Peter and Eva married in Chicago on 20 Dec 1895. In 1910, Ken's father was a clerk at a bank, his mother a homemaker. Peter Fagg was originally born in Wisconsin, of Dutch immigrant parents, his wife in Canada, of Scottish immigrants. By the time the 1920 Census was taken Peter had moved his family to Los Angeles where he worked as a banker. However Kenneth moved back to Wisconsin for college.

Fagg was artist and editor-in-chief during high school for the New Trier Echoes, a school publication. He was for a time a member of the National Guard's K Company 11th Infantry, as well as a Cadet Lieut. at the Naval Training Corps in Evanston, Illinois.

In 1919, Kenneth began his four years at the University of Wisconsin, where he quickly established himself with the school magazine, turning out dozens (if not hundreds) of illustrations for the Wisconsin Octopus magazine and Daily Cardinal newspaper and The Commerce Magazine there. His college graduation year book picture of 1924 stated he lived at Alhambra, California. He had a very active college career at the University of Wisconsin where besides being on the varsity ski jumping team, he was also a member of Delta Upsilon, and served on the staff of the three different college publications as assistant art editor and as art editor for the Badger, the Octopus and the Commerce Magazine. He also was involved with the Arts and Crafts Club, the Display Publicity Chairman, the Edwin Booth club, and other activities. His senior thesis was on the novels of Honore de Balzac. It was also at college that he met his future wife, Marion Rebuschatis.

Marion Rebuschatis was the daughter of Wilhelm Rebuschatis (1868-?) and Cora Ada Noud (1868-1918) of Washington, D.C. Her father was a German Russian immigrant who found work first as a printer, then as a proof reader for the Government Printing Office in D.C. Her mother was the daughter of a liquor dealer and Irish immigrant James Gray Noud and his Canadian wife Ermina Beatie. Marion took a tour of Europe in 1922, as evidenced by her passport application which shows her planning to visit England, Belgium, France, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Several letters from this collection are from the time that Ken & Marion corresponded when she was in Europe. Marion eventually found work as a school teacher.

Marion was married to Kenneth Stanley Fagg on June 29, 1927, at Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Fagg returned to New York City where they lived at Queens, then West Point, then later at Chappaqua. Marion appears to have graduated Central High School in Washington, D.C. in 1917, then went to the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated in 1923. Kenneth studied art at the AIC and Art Students League in NYC, and thereafter worked steadily as a freelancer for advertising, books and magazines.

During the 1930s he was a resident of Los Angeles and an art director for Fox Films. By the 1940s he had settled in Chappaqua, New York where he remained for the rest of his life. His illustrations appeared in Holiday, Life, Saturday Evening Post, and many other national magazines. He was co-creator of the world's largest geophysical relief globe, hand-painted for the U.S. exhibition at the Brussels World's Fair in 1958. Fagg and wife had twin sons, Donald Fagg (1928-1957) who committed suicide in 1957 at age 29, and Peter Fagg, III (1928-2009) who died at Poughkeepsie, as well as 3 grandchildren. Kenneth S. Fagg died in Mt. Kisco, NY on Jan. 11, 1980. His wife died previously in August of 1978. One researcher of Fagg states that the family kept virtually all his original artwork and thus his work did not reach the auction houses for many years.

Kenneth's son Donald Fagg's library was donated to Ohio Wesleyan Library as the "Fagg Collection." His parents donated the books after their son's death. Donald graduated from Ohio Wesleyan Union in 1949, where he was chief justice of the Campus Court and active in all three student publications and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternities.  After graduating from OWU Donald Fagg was a graduate student at Harvard University. He did field work for two years in Borneo, Indonesia and helped direct the Harvard Salzburg Summer Seminary two summers. He was on the faculty of Rutgers University when he died.

Kenneth and Marion's son Peter was a fairly well-known in his field as well. Peter Fagg was born on September 26, 1928 in Queens, New York. He was a twin brother to Donald Fagg who was his closest friend. Peter was raised in Sunnyside, Queens and Chappaqua, New York and attended Horace Greeley High School. Mr. Fagg continued his education at Middlebury College, M.I.T., Georgetown University, and Syracuse University and earned two Master's Degrees in Engineering and Astronomy. He was also a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Fagg married Janet M. Szarvas (1926-2010) the daughter of Theodore "Theodore of the Ritz" Szarvas and Vivian his wife. Together Peter and Janet had three children, Christopher, Vivian and Dawn.  Peter Fagg worked his entire adult life for IBM. For a number of years Mr. Fagg was the Executive Director of Research in Fishkill, New York and he also managed sites in Germany, England and Japan. He was integrally involved with the development of the IBM 360/370 the first supercomputer in existence. He also had a fascination with biology and chemistry which culminated in a paper he wrote on the storage of human memory which he believes is stored in the brain's DNA not in the synapses as is commonly thought. The name of the published paper is DNA as the Long Term Memory Storage Cell in the Human Brain.

The Fagg family (Kenneth, Marion, Donald, Peter and Peter's wife Janet Szarvas) is all buried at Washington, D.C.'s Oak Hill Cemetery.

       Theodore "Theodore of the Ritz" Szarvas and Vivian Florence Fraser

Theodore Szarvas was born about 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. He worked as the maitre d' or head waiter-manager at a number of the best hotel restaurants in the world, including New York's Ritz-Carlton, where he earned the sobriquet "Theodore of the Ritz," and which according to legend was synonymous with fine food.

Correspondence in this archive shows that Theodore worked at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City from 1903 to 1906 and after that at the Hotel Astor in New York City in 1907, before moving to London, England to work at the Ritz Hotel. A letter in the archive written by E. A. Pritchard of the Ritz Hotel states that Theodor Szarvas had been in the employ of the Ritz Hotel in London as head waiter in the restaurant from May 1st, 1908 to October 25th, 1912, then again from October 1st 1913, until October 17th, 1914. The time between his two stays at the Ritz Hotel was spent at a fine hotel in Budapest, which lured him away at 10,000 Kr a year.

Theodore's time at the Ritz Hotel in London was after Cesar Ritz retired and during the period that the famed French chef Auguste Escoffier was manager. Escoffier managed the hotel and oversaw the restaurant. Escoffier and Cesar Ritz had worked together running Richard D'Oyly Carte's Savoy Hotel, the most famous in London at the time. Ritz and Escoffier left the Savoy to open the Paris Ritz and later the Ritz Carlton Hotel in London, which soon drew high society away from the Savoy Hotel.

After the outbreak of World War One and with England's declaration of war against the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Szarvas, being Hungarian, was reluctantly let go by the Ritz due to the pressure of public opinion. Pritchard's letter is apologetic and a letter of recommendation for Szarvas to be used by Szarvas in America, which helped him find employment at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City. The Ritz-Carlton had opened previously in 1911. An earlier letter in the collection (12 May 1908) written by Oscar Tschiersky, manager of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, tells us that Theodore had previously worked at the Waldorf from October 15th, 1903 to October 24th, 1906. Letters in the archive show Theodore working at a hotel in Budapest in 1913. It would appear that after he married Vivian Florence Fraser in 1910, the couple stayed in England for three years then moved to America, with Theodore working briefly in Budapest, then London again, before losing that position when WWI broke out, forcing them to move to America permanently.

Theodore Szarvas married his wife Vivian Florence Fraser (1890-1968) about the year 1910. At the time he was 35 years old, his wife just 19 or 20. The couple had been secretly dating from at least October 1907, correspondence in this collection shows that Vivian at age 17 was secretly writing to Theodore, a man almost twice her age. Letters in the collection demonstrate that she had a crush on him since she was 13 years old.

Vivian, at first, kept her correspondence to Theodore secret from her mother Millie Hartman and stepfather, Otto Hartman.  Vivian first met Theodore when she was thirteen and her crush on him began the day he visited her house to visit her stepfather, with whom Theodore worked. The correspondence chronicles Vivian's obsession with Theodore, a rather strange courtship, until she finally married him.

Vivian corresponded secretly with Theodore from October 1907 until December 1909. She relates the utter horror that she feels betraying and being untruthful to her mother by sneaking around to see Theodore. Otto Hartman, Vivian's stepfather, appears to have been a co-worker with Theodore at the Astor Hotel and was very upset when he found out about the affair of his co-worker with his stepdaughter. Vivian's mother was also upset about the relationship and forbade her daughter to have any contact with Theodore, but Vivian did not listen and kept up the relationship. However, later on, as it became apparent the two would marry, her mother stated that she would leave her husband if he attempted to interfere with her daughter's relationship.

Theodore left for London in the spring of 1908, letters in the collection from Vivian, who was in New York, document the long distance relationship of the couple. There was much confusion on Vivian's part, as she was in love with Theodore, but all of her family, parents, grandparents, aunts, were against the relationship because of the dramatic age difference. Vivian was forbidden to have contact with him and the family felt safe once Theodore left for London, however Vivian continued corresponding and the secret affair, which finally came to an end in December of 1909 when Vivian's mother found out. At this time Vivian wrote to Theodore to send her money for passage to London before she is put out of the house by her mother.

Otto Hartman and his wife Millie (Vivian's mother) are enumerated in Manhattan on the 1900 Census and listed as being married for only three years. Vivian, while given the name of Hartman, was ten years old at this time. She later in life used her father's name Fraser. Her father was born in Germany, Vivian in Illinois, her elder sister Hope in Michigan and her oldest sister Gertrude in New York. The 1900 Census shows Vivian's mother as being born in Connecticut, however other records state Canada. Otto Hartman in 1900 was listed as a German immigrant.

Millie Hartman appears in the U.S. Census for 1910 at her 1800 Clinton Avenue address in the Bronx, a place where she apparently lived for the rest of her life and where Vivian and Theodore lived briefly after they came back to America from England. Otto Hartman is no longer in the household; either having died or perhaps the marriage may have ended in divorce or separation. The correspondence showed that there was considerable friction in the marriage.

Vivian and Theodore appear on the 1911 Census of England at 66A Hackford Road, Lambeth, London, England. The couple's first child Theodore was born in England in 1910, however various records seem to indicate an earlier birth date, perhaps as a way to disguise the fact that Vivian may have been pregnant when she married. The couple's second child, James H. Szarvas was born 13 February 1915, and a third child Janet Szarvas was born much later in 1926. Both James and Janet were born in New York City. Later in life, the Szarvas couple acted as foster parents for an Italian boy.

While living in England, Vivian and her son Theodore made two trips (1911 and 1912) to America to visit her mother, before finally moving to America permanently about 1913. By 1915, the Szarvas family appears on the New York State Census, living at the 1800 Clinton Avenue address in the Bronx. They are living with Vivian's mother, Millie Hartman, who was listed as being born in Canada. Also with the family is an Austrian waiter, likely an employee of Theodore, who is the head waiter at this time at the Ritz.

In 1920, the Szarvas family was enumerated at New Castle, Westchester County, New York, where Theodore was listed as a manager at a hotel. In 1921, we find Szarvas as the Maitre d' of the S.S. Flotilla a restaurant with a nautical theme  in New York City at the corner of 56th Street and 6th Avenue, a stone's throw from Broadway. The restaurant was hailed as a "most diverting development in the art of dining well."

When the 1925 New York State Census was taken, the family was still on King Street at New Castle. At this time they had a Japanese butler living with them. Theodore was listed simply as a "manager." Theodore became a citizen at White Plains (NY) in 1925 and in 1929 the family was living in Chappaqua, New York, which became the family home. Earlier, in a 1925 newspaper article, Theodore, listed as the head waiter at the Ritz-Carlton, was reported to be suing William H. Kiernan, a broker, as the result of tips totaling $11,000 being lost in Wall Street investments having gone south.

A book, Recipes for Cooking Forty Fathom Fish: Prepared by Theodore Szarvas, Maitre D'hôtel, and Louis Diat, Chef de Cuisine, of the Ritz-Carlton, New York City, was published by Bay State Fishing Company in 1927. About this time, society columnists were writing that Theodore was considered one of the best dressed men in the "parade of Park Avenue." His friend E. Phillips Oppenheim modeled his "suave maître d'hôtel" character after him.  He was a collector of books and paintings, and a boyhood friend of Ferenc Molnar during his student days in Budapest. Another writer wrote, "Theodor is a slender, glossy-haired little man, with the most beautiful clothes and manners imaginable. He prefers a pear-gray cutaway, with a dark Ascot, by day and an Oxford dinner jacket after dark, and he knows who is who in New York's various social and financial upper brackets, as well as a city editor or a bank teller". He acquired a not inconsiderable fortune in the 1920s, and has a fine Westchester home, with an important collection of English paintings. He later was at the Pierre. He was known as Theodore of the Ritz because of his long service as lord of the Ritz-Carlton dining rooms. It was said that he was "of a fast-vanishing school which believes that service can be a high art." His name was synonymous with "fine food" He put forth some of the most heroic adventures in cuisine in his day." Theodore worked (1936) after leaving the Ritz at the Stork Club in New York City, owned by Sherman Billingsley. He was also at the Hotel Pierre where he acted as director of the restaurant.

In 1930, Theodore's son, also named Theodore, was listed as a student at MIT.  In 1935 he was living with his parents in Chappaqua, but by the 1940 Census the younger Theodore was listed as living on 34th Street in NYC. He was listed as working as a salesman in advertising.

Millie Hartman, Vivian's mother, is found living with Theodore and Vivian in 1940, with their children Janet, Robert, James, and James' wife Florence. In 1940, their son Theodore, Jr., was living in Manhattan, on Park Avenue, married, and working in sales with an advertising firm.

Theodore's son James Hurry Szarvas was born 13 February 1915 and died 19 February 1972. On 22 October 1943 he entered military service as a private and was released on 8 April 1946. Correspondence in the collection appears to show that James might have remained in the military, serving in the Air Force as late as 1951. He had three years college and worked as a salesman. He was already married to Florence, marrying her sometime before 4 June 1940, as they were listed as husband and wife on a ship manifest on a trip they took to Bermuda. They were living in Chappaqua, Westchester Co., New York. She was listed as being born on 26 Nov 1914, at New York City. They were still living at Chappaqua in 1950, when they took another trip (a flight) to Bermuda. His brother Ted and Bob were also in the Air Force.

Theodore's daughter, Janet Szarvas, married Peter Fagg, the son of Kenneth and Marion Fagg. They were married for fifty-seven years. Peter worked his entire adult life for IBM. For a number of years he was the Executive Director of Research in Fishkill, New York and he also managed sites in Germany, England and Japan. He was integrally involved with the development of the IBM 360/370 the world's first supercomputer, doing a phenomenal job of managing the interdivisional, international development of the dozens of new input-output devices, without line authority over any of those teams. The 360 was the first family of computers designed to cover the complete range of applications, from small to large, both commercial and scientific. Peter Fagg headed the development of the 7010/7040 under executive Bob O. Evans, the computer pioneer who helped lead the groundbreaking development of compatible computers that changed the industry. The 7040 was a historic but short-lived model of a transistor computer built in the 1960s.