In Memory

Terence Finn

It is with deep regret that I write this note.

Terry Finn died early in the morning of June 27 from ongoing complications with
a blood platelet disorder (ITP). He died as a result of spontaneous massive internal bleeding.

We had just seen Terry at Reunion two weeks ago and listened to a wonderful talk he did on "When Europe went Mad"- a presentation on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of WWI. The video of this talk will be posted on the class website sometime next week -- you should take a moment to sit down and watch it. Terry was in his element. We were the lucky beneficiaries.

I very much enjoyed his first novel-- Best of Times. And his newest book, America at War was released earlier this year and has garnered good reviews and awards.  Terry will be sorely missed as a friend who contributed much to the class with his intense belief that things should be done well or not done at all. And his sense of humor kept me chuckling over these past 50 plus years.

A memorial service is planned for August when Terry would have turned 72.

Gay Mayer

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07/05/14 12:03 PM #1    

Stephen Birrell

A memorial service for Terry will be held on Sunday August 10th at 11AM in Chestertown, MD on the campus of Washington College at the Gibson Center for the Arts, Decker Theater.

07/05/14 04:26 PM #2    

John Wilson

I remember him with fondness and respect.  Had no contact in the years since Williams, but it seems he did a great deal.


John Wilson

07/06/14 10:31 AM #3    

Peter Buttenheim

Peter Buttenheim

Frances and I had the opportunity to see Joyce and Terry this past spring in Chestertown, MD when Terry did a talk and book signing for his latest book, AMERICA AT WAR. Terry was in his prime as he talked about various American wars. And, because he had been "adjunct" teaching at Washington College, it seemed as if half of the college's faculty was in attendance. It was SRO for sure.

After the talk, we had a chance to visit 1:1 with Terry, get our copy of the book signed, and visit briefly with Joyce over refreshments. Terry was so alive and happy and in his element that day, and we joked about the un-expected book-signing crowd when we met and talked last month at reunion. Reunion.

It is hard to fathom Terry's death so soon after Reunion Weekend. I know he will be missed by many classmates and a large group of friends. I hope the Class of 1964 can take a moment in October at "Pass the Baton" Weekend to remember Terry. He was a very special person!

Peter Buttenheim 








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