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Terrence M. Bresnahan


03/10/1935 - 02/11/2015 Obituary
Terrence Bresnahan, also known as Teddy, Terry and Ted, was born in Bakersfield, California on March 10, 1935 to John and Leola Bresnahan. He attended Garces Memorial High School where he participated in his beloved sports of diving, football and basketball. He is a graduate of St Mary's College, Moraga, California and received his law degree from the University of San Francisco. He and Edythe Gabriel Bresnahan were married for 17 years and have two daughters, Shannon and Kerry.
He practiced law in Contra Costa County until 1994. He went on to teach at John F. Kennedy University School of Law where he also served as Assistant Dean. He was a mediator for The Congress of Neutrals in Pittsburg and Richmond courtrooms.
In 1980 he obtained a Master's of Arts in Philosophy from San Francisco State University. Knowing and working with the faculty at SFSU changed and enriched his life. Philosophy was his passion. He studied and read daily, taught philosophy classes at Diablo Valley College and Solano College, and loved to engage family and friends to enlighten and expand their world view.
For many years he wrote poetry and self-published two volumes: Poems and Reflections by Teddy Bakersfield.
Terry/Ted suffered whenever he saw injustice in the world. He felt our materialistic capitalist-driven culture often served as a source of sorrow and alienation. As a dear friend wrote:
"You're a very great man. You've given everything of yourself in this life. With your poetry, philosophy, teaching, mediating, activism, friendshipâ€" you've touched more people than you will ever know. You've lived your principles something fierce. The light you've left in the world will not go outâ€"we'll all keep passing it on, in your name and the name of all the things you stand for."
He is survived by his brother John; long-time companion Linda; former wife Edythe; daughters Shannon (Herve) and Kerry (Oris) and many friends, colleagues and former students. Thanks to Kaiser Hospice Nurses Lin Maslow and Deb Falk for their care and support. Private family memorial only.
Please consider contributions to: American Melanoma Foundation, 4150 Regents Park Road, Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 13, 2015
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