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The Terry Family Celebrates Four Generations at Cal

posted June 10, 1998

Steven Terry, ’98, can look back on three generations of Cal forebears.

It all began when his great-great grandfather, Wallace Emmett Terry, followed the Gold Rush west to Sacramento in 1852. Seeing the miners’ need for lumber and ice, he made his fortune by starting the Friend & Terry Lumber Co. and the Union Ice Co.

His son, Wallace Irving Terry, graduated from Berkeley in 1890, and went on to become a famous surgeon and one of the founders of UCSF medical school. The Wallace Terry Surgical Pavilion honors his contributions there.

Wallace Irving Terry, Jr., graduated from Berkeley in 1926 and his wife, Lorraine, in 1931. Elizabeth Terry Ward, at age 98, is now the oldest Bear in the family, Class of 1922.

Steven’s father – Richard Wallace Terry, ’65 – went on to UCSF and is a cardiologist in the East Bay. His mother, Marcy McCracken Terry, was in the Class of 1964.

Steven transferred to Cal from Diablo Valley College as a junior. A history major like his great-grandfather, he wrote his senior thesis on the demise of Margaret Thatcher.

While at Cal, Steve played rugby, did some photographic modeling, and took two years off to perfect his rock climbing throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Young Terry is now looking for a job, preferably in advertising. “I’m making my own niche in this history,” he says.

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