John Robert Terry was born in Temple, Texas to William B. and Miriam M. Terry. Before he was twenty, he had lived in Dallas, Albuquerque, the Chicago Area, Cincinnati, and San Francisco.
At Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati he won regional honors in writing and math, was Captain of the Football Team making the All-Regional Team, Captain of the Track Team and played Baseball. After being recruited by several universities, he accepted a full scholarship to Columbia University in New York and walked onto the Football Team as a Free Safety where he was literally the smallest player in the Ivy League. His first year was challenging with 9 -11 in his first two weeks and suffering two concussions.
At the end of his first year, he joined his family in California. He was later diagnosed with a mental illness and was unable to return to school by the start of the next term. After much hard work and overcoming several stays in mental rehabilitation, he was able to earn a BA degree in International Maritime Affairs from the California State Maritime Academy.
John is survived by his parents; his brother, William and his daughter Artemis of Portland, OR; his brother, Joseph (Allison) and their daughters Charlotte, Quinn, and Molly of River Forest, IL; his aunt Charline Meulemans of San Diego; and his Godfather Karl Williams of Decatur, GA.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to a homeless support organization or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) https://nami.org.
“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7