Theodore Ash, Sr. was the eleventh Director of the FBC, and the last Director to have been appointed by the U.S. government rather than the Board. At some point during his tenure, Ash, Sr. appointed his son, Dr. Theodore Ash, Jr., as the Bureau's Head of Research, even though father and son had a contentious relationship.
Ash Sr. lived in an "esoteric world" according to his son, and was devoted to and in awe of sacred places. As such, he dedicated his life to searching for a Place of Power similar to the Oldest House.
Ash Sr. died of unknown causes just over a week before the discovery of the Oldest House in 1964. Broderick Northmoor, whom he had nominated as his successor, became the next Director of the FBC and led the expedition into the Oldest House, taking Ash Jr. with him. Northmoor later connected with the Board and "gained their approval" as Director, going on to call Ash Sr. and the rest of the Directors before him shams for not having the Board's backing.
Meanwhile, Ash Jr. came to view Northmoor as nothing more than Ash Sr.'s "shade in a cheap suit". In his time in the Foundation, he came to understand his father's views and devotion to the esoteric world, and thanked him for "setting [him] on this path" to discover his life's purpose.