David James TERWEY
He loved his wife Sally, golf, and the University of North Carolina Tarheels basketball team, in that order.
David James Terwey, who retired in May of 2009 from the Information Technology Department at UNC’s School of Nursing, was 61. He died of cancer diagnosed just weeks earlier. Born April 17, 1949, in Beaumont, TX to
Peter Terwey, Jr., and Helen Burkhart Terwey, he graduated from Houston’s Memorial High School in 1967, and received his BA in Sociology and Religious Studies in 1971 from Trinity University in San Antonio. He came to Chapel Hill, NC in 1971 for graduate school at UNC in Computer Science. That fall, he met Sarah Gilmore (“Sally”) Lennon of Lumberton NC in Chapel Hill, and they married Oct. 5, 1974.
Probably his favorite job was with Family Health International, in which he traveled to India, Africa, Indonesia and Bangladesh setting up data telecommunication sites. He loved working with people and immersing himself in other cultures. However, he tired of being gone from Sally, and hired on with UNC nursing school’s IT department.
Since Dave and the other three IT workers – James, Tevin, and Scott – were all men, they were referred to in the world of women at the nursing school as simply “the guys”.
A golfer so avid that he and Sally owned a vacation home at Pinehurst, Dave reveled in playing all five courses. He spent much of his entirely
too-short year of retirement with a golf club in his hand. His love of golf also included an annual gathering with four others equally avid – John Barefoot, Lew Peters, Butch Rooks, and Steve Ryan – for a golf-filled weekend.
He and Sally were original donors to the Dean Smith Center for Tarheel basketball games, and held permanent seats. They also held season tickets at Kenan Stadium for football games. When they could not
attend in person, Sally and Dave always had Carolina Sports on television with the voice of Woody Durham.
Survived by wife, Sally Terwey (Chapel Hill); mother, Helen Burkhart Prehn (Austin); daughter, Jennifer Terwey Thomas, husband, Ryan, and grandson. Jackson Thomas (Chicago); sisters, Kathryn Longley McNeely
and husband, Dave (Austin) and Emily Yeager (Austin); nieces and nephews Adam, Bill and wife, Meagan, Grace Ann Longley (Austin), and Kathryn and Russell Yeager (Austin and San Antonio); and many friends and extended Lennon, McBryde and Vest families.
A memorial service is being planned.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The First Tee, a group which provides hands-on help to introduce youngsters from all backgrounds to golf: World Golf Village,425 South Legacy Tr, St. Augustine, Florida 32092;www.thefirsttee.org.
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