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August 18th 1936
March 5th 2012
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Unitl today, still I cannot believe that Terry has passed away. I feel that just a moment ago, we were having a small group meeting at Cornell, or we were working on the flame measurement at ALS, or we just finshed a nice dinner at Berkeley, or he was driving us from Ithaca to Canada, or he was happily talking about his grand children or his past life ... All these scenes come into my mind and I know I will never forget them. He was a kind, fridenly, shy and passionate person, and he is my advisor, friend, mentor, fatherlike superior ... I will miss him dearly, and he will live on in my heart and mind forever.
I was surprised and saddened about Terry's passing. We spent a lot of time together in Berkeley, starting with the February 5, 2000, meeting at the ALS that gave birth to the project (see pictures). We stayed at the same B&B and eventually at the Hot_l Shattuck, ate lots of breakfasts at the Au Coquelet Cafe and lots of meals at the Taiwan Restaurant, and took lots of late-night trips up the hill to the ALS. We heard stories about his earlier Berkeley stay that was interrupted by the 10/17/1989 World Series earthquake, when he thought the front end of his car was coming apart and then got to the Shattuck and found it on fire. Always he asked about my son Nate, Cornell '07, and was entertained about Nate's goings-on.
Always there was lots of talk about you and about the delights of his grandchildren. I'm very sorry for your and our loss...Phil Westmoreland
So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. He will be missed tremendously! He was a great example to all who knew him. He was enjoyable to be around and I had some great conversations with him over the many years that we worked together in Berkeley. He was so very dedicated to his craft, but at the same time was always so affable. God bless him and his entire family.
I was deeply saddened to hear that Terry has passed on and would like to offer my heartfelt sympathy to Nancy and his family.
When I met Terry about ten years ago at the ALS in Berkeley I was impressed by his passionate, hands-on approach to Science. Working with him was intense – I will never forget him declaring that he was going to hike down the mountain and then go to the gym, when all that was on my mind after a tough night shift was sleep. This energy and his competence in combination with his honest, approachable and kind personality made Terry a very influential teacher and scientist. His way of putting things into perspective by grading the small to major catastrophes happening in lab and life into the “oh boy”, “bummer” or “super-bummer” categories, where both, a night of frantic work on a broken machine and Starbucks being out of soy milk qualified as “bummer”, will hopefully stay with me and keep making me smile.
I will remember Terry as great colleague and my thoughts are with his family at this time of grieving.
Tina Kasper, University of Duisburg-Essen
Dear family and friends of Terry,
I offer my heartfelt condolescences and I am with you to remember an inspired and gifted scientist as well as a warm-hearted companion on the scientific path of the "Flame team". Terry headed and initiated numerous activities that used cutting-edge mass spectrometry for the identification of chemical pathways in flames. Knowledge generated from such experiments is of great value since it contributes to understanding how toxic pollutant emissions from transportation could be decreased. During measurement campaigns at the Advanced Light Source at Berkeley, Terry was a forceful and tireless colleague and also a great friend. During the measurement shifts, in the small hours, we talked about this and that, and three topics were recurring: family, nature, and science. Terry had a long-standing invitation to collaborate with us in Bielefeld, and he has met a steady stream of graduate students from my lab on top of the hill at Berkeley, all of whom he has impressed with his sharp scientific mind as well as his kind personality. We will thoroughly miss him and keep him remembered, not the least also in many co-authored publications. I wish he could have come and worked with us as he had planned already years ago!
I will miss him deeply, and my sympathy is with you, Nancy, and the family, whom I have not met but who were always present in Terry's thoughts when we talked.
Bielefeld University, Germany
It is a great shock to me to hear that Terry passed away. I still can't believe that. I feel so sad. I worked for him for a few years, and there are so many things about him that I can remember. Terry worked very hard and carefully. I have learned a lot from him. He is very nice and easy-going. I loved working with him.
I sincerely hope Nancy can overcome this horrible catastrophe. We all miss him forever.
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne, IL 60439
Terry was an awesome grandfather to Zoe and Gillespie (and his 7 other grandkids). There was not a sporting event, piano recital, or musical, school performance or party the kids were involved in that he missed of Zoe and Gil's. He taught both Z & G to swim every Sunday for years they went to the YMCA to swim. They went camping 3 or 4 times a summer. He often took Gil to fly airplanes in fields near his house. They lost one or two of them
There wasn't a thing he wouldn't do for them if only they asked. His heart melted to help them with math homework, work through a science kit, or play a rousing game of chess. He will be sorely missed by the Merods. We love you Terry!
I was deeply saddened to learn of Terry's passing. I would like to express to you my sincere sadness and sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. Terry was a very nice and friendly person. It was Terry to guide me into the combustion research field, I will miss the time working with him forever.
May God bless you and your family during this time and always.
University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
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