Terrance J. Quinn II
1952 - 2019
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On May 3, 2019, long-time Juneau resident Prof. Terrance J. Quinn II passed away in Rancho Cucamonga, California, surrounded by friends and family. Terry was a kind and gentle soul with a wide range of interests. He loved traveling. He loved music. He loved people. He was an accomplished classical pianist and choral singer. He also was in several fun garage bands, including Terry and the Quinn Essentials, the Dull Knives, and Heather and the Planktones, with less-accomplished, but enthusiastic, musicians. Those that knew him know that he liked to wake up late in the morning and to work late into the night. He was also a great lover of dogs.

In 1973 he received a bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa in mathematics from the University of Colorado and in 1977 a master's degree in fisheries from the University of Washington. He received his PhD in biomathematics from the University of Washington in 1980. In his younger days he loved to camp, to scuba dive, and to cross country ski. Yet above all he enjoyed teaching and he loved his students. Terry was a gifted and entertaining classroom teacher. He supervised 36 students who received a master's or PhD degree, including the student who received the first PhD in the field of fisheries from the University of Alaska Fairbanks-a degree that Terry helped establish. He served on hundreds of graduate committees, and he was known as an active and helpful committee member.

Terry was recruited in 1985 to join what was then the School of Fisheries and Science as part of the University of Alaska Juneau. The following year the University of Alaska reorganized, and Terry was moved to Fisheries Division (in Juneau) of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which later became the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Terry was granted tenure in 1991 and promoted to full professor in 1998. He retired and became professor emeritus in 2018.

Terry's class on fisheries population dynamics became a core part of a graduate-level fisheries degree at UAF. This course was taken by an entire generation of Alaskan graduate students who went on to be leaders in fisheries management in Alaska and elsewhere. That course became the basis of his book, Quantitative Fish Dynamics, which was published in 1999, coauthored with his friend Rick Deriso. Terry was an internationally recognized expert in fishery population dynamics, with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. His published work has received over 4,000 citations in the scientific literature. He collaborated with colleagues all over the world, especially in Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada. Among the many awards and honors he received, he was most proud of the Wally Noerenberg award from the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in 2009 and an Award of Recognition and Appreciation he received from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in 2016.

Terry generously devoted himself to service during his career and took great pleasure in this work. He was particularly devoted to the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which he served on from 1986 until his death. He was a member of Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council from 1995 to 1998. He served on five NRC committees and chaired two of those, all leading to NRC publications. In addition to many other service activities, he was an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences for over 15 years.

Terry was born in Johnson City, New York in 1952 but he grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the oldest of four children. He was proceeded in death by his parents Terrance and Phyllis Quinn. Although he lived in many different cities, he considered Juneau his home, and he lived most of his life there. He is survived by his husband, Alavini Lata, and his loyal collie, Mochi. He is also survived by his sisters, Heather and Diana, his brother, Loughlon (Ana Lucia), his nephew and niece, Joshua and Crystallea. In lieu of flowers, Terry would have preferred a contribution in his name to Juneau Jazz and Classics. A celebration of his life will be held in Juneau at the JAHC during the late summer, with details to follow.

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Published in Juneau Empire from May 9 to Jun. 8, 2019.
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October 13, 2019
I was shocked and saddened to learn Terry had died. I was planning to send him an email about a paper I had recently published, since we had di9scussed it. I sent him queries about some of the topics in his book, and we had discussions back and forth. Once, I asked him why he had much such extensive use of differential calculus in the book, and he replied, "Because I believe in change!". I will miss him, and some of the debates we had about the importance of natural mortality estimation.
Desmond Kahn
August 7, 2019
I remember Terry so well. He was one of my closest friends in elhi. I'm so sorry to hear this news.
July 26, 2019
Terry was one of those people I aspire to be: loving, kind, and humble. He was a giant in the world of fisheries. As someone truly brilliant he carried with him a quiet confidence.
I still can't quite believe he is gone.
There was so much more for me to learn from him. Advice for him to give me. Papers for us to write together.

Rest in peace Terry.

To his family, my heart go out to you.
July 20, 2019
Dear Professor Quinn, It was a blessing to have the foremost authority on fisheries populations spectral dynamic analysis of MSY assessments and TAC prognosticator holding the crystal ball as a Cohan Dr. Neighbor.

With a mission to teach a technologist the underlying fisheries ecosystems-base monitoring tools and world seafood producers reporting needed for an accurate-culture of renuwable balance
Scott Echols
July 4, 2019
Terry, You were a good friend and a great mentor to me. Remembering you, Mike and Flora Sigler
July 1, 2019
In memory of Terry from Geoff McPherson and Neil Gribble in Cairns Australia.
Mate thank you for being such a great friend and teaching us so much in your Sabbatical in Cairns way back when. We learnt so much.
It continued, with tuna growth models, until late 2018 and we appreciate that.
I (Geoff) found it a hoot that we hot seated the same chair at NMFS in Honolulu on different Committees for over a decade, yep the exact same chair.
Neil and I will miss you heaps Terry.
June 28, 2019
Dear Terry, As a friend, colleague, and former student, thank you so much for your support and for teaching me to think outside of the box and to be proud of myself in the world of life and science. Our deepest condolences and love to you, your spouse, family, and friends.
Ellen and Joy Yasumiishi
June 15, 2019
To the Family: Life is like a mist. Its here today and gone tomorrow. The joyful memories are still here for you to cherish. Continue to stay close and pray for each other to give comfort, along with heartfelt prayers and loving support from friends to give your hearts enough room to cope with your loss. (Psalms 119:32)
May 29, 2019
To the Quinn family, I am truly sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you during this time. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
May 21, 2019
To the Quinn family.
May the God of all comfort strenght you during this difficult time. Those who pass on God keeps in his memory and gives us a wonderful hope to look forward to in the near future..... Hosea 13:14.
May 15, 2019
You have left us far too soon, old friend, colleague, coauthor, and fellow lover of single malts. Our time together in committees and at sea will forever remain in my memory.
Thomas Shirley
May 13, 2019
I met Terry when I worked at the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle. He was on staff. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met. The office staff all loved him for his fun sense of humor and respect for everybody. I was very sorry to hear of his passing and my condolences to his family and friends❤
Christine Carr
May 12, 2019
Terry was a giant in creating sustainable fishing policy. One of my favorite memories is how we conspired [TQ as a member of the SSC and I as a newbie on the NPFMC] to give more attention to ecosystem science in fisheries management for Alaska. This took place over numerous late night seminars with TQ teaching me the finer points about single malt Scotch but empirically testing his teachings. Terry I raise my glass to you and all your contributions especially the statistical analysis that showed Lagavulin Scotch as a notch inferior to McCallan. We know better.

Terry Taste the ones we could never afford wherever your travels take you.

Dave Fluharty
May 11, 2019
Dear family and friends of Terry, I am so sorry to hear that we have lost one of the world's great souls. I knew him well only for a short time as a graduate student in the late '80s - '90s, but connecting with him was formative - his gentleness, his wisdom and his wonderful humour in the face of life's ironies were a tonic over several tumultuous years. We debated science, played music together, and devotedly attended Juneau's Jazz and Classics Festival. While we did not stay closely connected over the following decades, I saw him a couple of years ago in Australia, and his warmth and kindness were the same as ever. His departure is a profound loss.
Anya Waite
May 10, 2019
Terry was blessed with the gifts of curiosity and generosity. We became friends while he served on the NPFMC SSC. He did me a great favor when he agreed to travel East and serve on a peer review panel for a stock assessment of American Lobster, managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. His insights, expertise, and frankly, reputation, gave great credibility to the resultant report, adding greatly to the understanding of the status of that important stock. I am sorry to all who knew him for your loss. He was my friend, and I will miss him.
Vince O'Shea
May 10, 2019
To the family and friends of Terrance Quinn II: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Siddeeks, ADF&G, Juneau, Alaska
May 9, 2019
Dear Vini, please accept my deepest condolences. Sending you my support and best wishes. Sincerely yours, Anna
Anna Argenti
May 9, 2019
To the family and friends of Terrance Quinn II: Please accept my dearest and heartfelt sympathy; I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2
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