Category Archives: William Holt Terry

Chaplaincy Timeline

1950s Student Life

In the winter of 1952, a lion cub ran through Davidson’s manicured campus. Sigma Alpha Epsilon ordered their pledges to capture the lion cub. Of the 277 freshmen men, nearly eighty percent pledged, and, of those, 80 percent were the fourteen SAE pledges searching the grounds for a lion cub. These antics were part of… Continue Reading

Terry, William Holt : 2000-2015

William Holt Terry By The Decades: 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2015 Having settled firmly into retirement, Rev. Will Terry continued to devote his time and energy to the things he loved best. According to general consensus, the majority of that energy went into the Terry Scholarship and Fellowship Program. Dr. Leland Park, ‘63, states… Continue Reading

Terry, William Holt: 1990-1999

William Holt Terry By the Decades: 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2015 As Davidson College entered the ‘90s, the accumulation of changes over the previous four decades were bearing down on it full-force. Will Terry had adjusted to these changes on a personal and institutional level, but new opportunities and corresponding challenges just kept coming.… Continue Reading

Terry, William Holt

(b. 1932 d. 2015) Reverend William Holt Terry, ‘54, D.D., was thirty-eight when he became the Dean of Students at Davidson College in 1970, the role in which he is best remembered. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Terry earned his B.S. degree from Davidson College and his Master of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary of… Continue Reading

Terry, William Holt: 1970-1979

William Holt Terry By the Decades: 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2015 In the summer of 1970, President Sam Spencer, ‘40, offered the position of Dean of Students to Rev. Will Terry. [1] This was preceded by tension between Will and some members of his congregation. Dr. John Kuykendall, ’59, revisits one source of conflict:… Continue Reading

Terry, William Holt: 1960-1969

William Holt Terry By the Decades: 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2015 Having completed his education for the time being, Rev. Will Terry presided over Acme Presbyterian Church in Riegelwood, North Carolina from 1958 to 1962. [1,2] In his last year at Acme, he received a visit from his Davidson friends, Missy and John Kuykendall,… Continue Reading

Terry, William Holt: 1950-1959

William Holt Terry By the Decades: 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2015 William Holt Terry was born on July 25th, 1932, in Erwin, North Carolina. “His mother was a teacher,” says Will’s best friend, Sue Ross. [1] As she explains, “he grew up in the Methodist church” as a child with a lot of personality.… Continue Reading