Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cultural Patron Mourned

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cultural Patron Mourned

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Jacksonville philanthropist C. Herman Terry, who contributed to

universities, the city's performing arts center and other

cultural institutions, died Monday night after becoming ill

during a family vacation. He was 80.

Friends and associates remembered him yesterday as not only an

astute and tireless businessman, but as a kind and generous

friend.

Mr. Terry had been on a cruise off the coast of Spain with his

wife and sister, friends and associates said. Their ship docked

at the Madeira Islands off northwest Africa, where he became

ill. Because of complications associated with a longtime

asthmatic condition, he died about 10 p.m. EDT.

The retired insurance company executive contributed generously

to Jacksonville University, the University of Georgia, the

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, the Jacksonville

Symphony Orchestra and other institutions in recent years. He

also established two shelters for abused children in

Jacksonville.

"He was one of those self-effacing kinds of people who just

thought of everybody else before he thought about himself," JU

President Paul S. Tipton said. "The South has been blessed by

having men like Herman Terry."

Mr. Terry had been on the JU board for 17 years and contributed

$1 million toward the university's concert hall, which now bears

his name.

He also contributed a similar amount for the C. Herman and Mary

Virginia Terry Theater at the Times-Union Center.

In addition, Mr. Terry donated $6 million in 1990 for a

business school at the University of Georgia, his alma mater. At

the time, it was the largest private gift ever received by the

university.

"Herman was a great friend and an outstanding contributor in

Jacksonville in many, many ways," said Carl N. Cannon, publisher

of the Times-Union. "He loved his state of Georgia and the

University of Georgia, where he gave so much. He will be greatly

missed in our community."

Robert Shircliff, a JU trustee and close friend, said, "His

philanthropy touched thousands and thousands of people in

Jacksonville. His passing is a great loss to me personally, as

it is for the city of Jacksonville. …

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