Donald F. Terry, M.D
Donald F. Terry, M.D
August 19, 1932 - July 28, 2017
Donald Franklin Terry, M.D. of Wichita Falls, Texas passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, July 28, 2017.
A celebration of life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at the First Christian Church at 3701 Taft Blvd in Wichita Falls with Dr. David Hartman officiating. Dr. Terry will be inurned at the First Christian Church Columbarium in a separate ceremony. The family will be available for a visitation on August 4th, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home, 2812 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls.
Dr. Terry was born August 19, 1932, in Fort Worth, Texas, to E. Franklin Terry and Gladys Perrin Terry. He was the Valedictorian of 1950 graduating class of Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude and a Distinguished Military Graduate (ROTC) of Texas Christian University in 1953. Following graduation from Texas Christian University, Dr. Terry attended and graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) as a Jackson - Johnson Scholar in 1957. Dr. Terry served as a rotating intern from 1957 - 1958 and as a resident in internal medicine from 1958 - 1959 at St. Louis' Barnes - Jewish Hospital through Washington University.
Dr. Terry served as a Captain with the U.S. Army Medical Corps and Commanding Officer of the 514 Medical Company, Ft. Richardson, Alaska from 1959 until 1961. At the time of separation from active duty, he was awarded the U.S. Army Alaska Certificate of Commendation. After separation from the military, he was a resident in internal medicine through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas, Texas from 1961 to 1963 and also at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas as a cardiology resident from 1963 to 1964.
Dr. Terry was certified in Internal Medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine and was a Fellow with the American College of Physicians (1967) and the a Fellow with the American College of Cardiology (1978). He maintained membership with the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society (1964), Howard County Medical Society (1964 - 1967) and the Wichita County Medical Society of which he served on the Executive Committee, as Chairman of the New Physician Recruitment Committee, as a member with the Program Committee, Public Grievance Committee and was awarded the Distinguished Physician Award in January 2006.
He was the recipient of the American Heart Association (Texas) Annual Program Award for Outstanding Educational Program in Texas 1967-1968, awarded by the AHA for having started the CPR program in Wichita Falls and he started an instructor course then instructed hospital personnel, nurses, EMTs, physicians and first responders on CPR. Dr. Terry was a founding members of the American Society of Echocardiography, member of the American Society of Internal Medicine, IMCAR Review Panel, Texas Society of Internal Medicine, Texas Chapter - American College of Physicians, and Texas Chapter - American College of Cardiology.
His local service to medicine extended to his service as an attending physician with the Wichita General Hospital 1967 - 2000, Medical Director and Founder of the Non-Invasive Cardiac Laboratory, Section Chief of Cardiology, Medical Director for the Electrocardiographic Laboratory, Medical Director and Founder of the Cardiac Telemetry Unit. With Bethania Regional Health Care Center, now United Regional Health Care System, he was an attending physician, President of the Medical Staff (1972 - 1973), Member of the committee to establish a cardiac care unit in 1968 and interim Medical Director of Hemodialysis.
Dr. Terry is preceded in death by his parent, Everett Franklin Terry and Gladys Perrin Terry and daughter-in-law, Teresa Lynn Terry.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Emma Ruth Rosa Terry, whom he met while attending the Washington University Medical School; his children, Richard F. Terry and wife, Eloise of Austin, Texas; their children, Aiden of Dallas, Texas, Bryn, Carlisle and Zach Terry all of Austin Texas; David P. Terry and his wife, Karen and their children, Ari and Joseph Franklin (Jeff) Terry of Tomball, Texas; and Michael R. Terry. He is also survived by three dear four legged friends, Mindy, Rose and Lily, who stood by him loyally at the very end.
The family sincerely thanks Hospice of Wichita Falls, the nurses, physical therapists and staff of Health South Rehabilitation Hospital (Wichita Falls) and caregivers Lynn, Kenda, Carol, George, Paulina, Yvonne and Annette from Home Instead.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends contributions be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, First Christian Church, or Emily's Legacy.