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Apr.27, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 11


Taras A. Votichenko ’40

Published in the Apr.27, 2011, issue

Terry died Jan. 16, 2011, in Paradise Valley, Ariz. He was 94.

He was born in New York City and spent his early years in Paris, London, Venice, Nice, Lausanne, and Vienna. He prepared at LeRosey School in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Hun School.

At Princeton he majored in philosophy and was a member of Theatre Intime and the Philosophy Forum.

During World War II, he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy. He worked directly under Gen. Eisenhower to set up the U.S. military government in liberated France. After the war, he headed the OSS in North Africa.

In 1949, Terry finished his Ph.D. requirements at Columbia University. As a visiting fellow at Princeton’s philosophy department, he acquired a full professorship. Thereafter, he moved to Tempe, Ariz., to teach philosophy and psychology at Arizona State University. He played an integral part in creating the philosophy department and retired as professor emeritus after more than 30 years of teaching.

He is survived by Helen, his wife of 67 years; sons Michael ’68, Peter, and Terry; his daughter-in-law, Johanna, and four grandchildren. To those family members, Terry’s classmates wish to offer their deep sympathies.

The Class of 1940

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L.S. Heatherly Says:

2011-09-22 09:34:58

As a fellow philosopher, I interviewed Terry in his home. Yesterday, I played back the interview three times. We were philosophical cousins. He was brilliant, witty, compassionate, and full of humankind's essential goodness our humanity itself. We all are better from his time and being here on Earth. Toward human fulfillment midst Earth-life L.S. Heatherly
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