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In the numerous guest opinion columns Tim Terry wrote that appeared over the years for The Gazette, in the Business 380 Sunday and Insight sections, he covered an array of subjects and often would start from a seemingly off-subject remark — the value of skepticism or possibly a quote from Greek playwright Aeschylus.
No surprise then, given his wide interests — from opera to travel to literature — when Terry died Sunday, he had been studying online through the University of Oxford and was working on earning a master’s degree in art history.
He frequently carried with him a pocket-sized collection of Shakespeare quotations, according to his obituary.
He was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the fourth of a dozen children. Terry later entered the Divine Word Seminary in Epworth, then graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, his obituary said.
He started accounting firm Terry, Lockridge and Dunn in 1978, now with offices in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. In 1991, he founded World Trend Financial investment services.
Over the years Terry served on boards that included the UNESCO City of Literature and worked with Rotary International and Willowwind School in Iowa City, which aims to develop social-emotional learning, the arts and social justice.
As he wrote in one of his guest columns in The Gazette, speaking of business and working together, “There is no room for half-truths in a relationship that depends on mutual trust.”