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Fred Herbert Terry


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Fred Herbert Terry

memphis, tn

Fred Herbert Terry was born July 29, 1940, in Bedford, Indiana to Kenneth and Edice Terry. The Terry family later moved to Shoals, IN. The family was complete with the birth of Fred's sister, Mary Terry Bernard (Tom).



Fred graduated from Shoals High School. He then attended Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees, graduating with honors from Rose Hulman in June, 1964. Upon completion of the degrees in electrical engineering, he enrolled at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his PhD from Case in June, 1968. His degree was in bio-medical engineering. He graduated with honors.



He moved to Memphis in August, 1968 to teach electrical engineering at Christian Brothers University and began also to do heart research at the University of Tennessee medical school, where he worked for several years.



He was dean of the Engineering department at CBU for 20 years. He retired after 40 years teaching and challenging students in the Engineering program.



He and his first wife, Sara, had two wonderful children, Fred Michael Terry (Melissa) and Laura Ann Terry (Jim). In 1980, he and Dorothy (Happy) Snowden Jones were married and enjoyed 37 years of life together.



After retiring, Fred was very active in many causes including Race and Reconciliation, Servant Leadership, Vanderhaar Symposium, Memphis Child Advocacy Center, and More Than a Meal at Idlewild Presbyterian. Fred's focus was on social justice; he was a man who seeked understanding of others. He was a kind, compassionate man who wore snappy bow ties, flashy socks, and stylish hats. He rode his bicycle all over the country. He had an infectious laugh and a "keen eye for the ridiculous".



Fred is survived by his wife, his two children, sister, a granddaughter, Maggie; three stepdaughters, Meade, Dottie and Whitney, and seven step-grandchildren, and numerous loving friends.



The service to celebrate Fred's life will be held at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, September 21 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, More Than A Meal at Idlewild Presbyterian, or Vanderhaar Symposium.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 14, 2017
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