Reginald Charles TERRY
November 2, 1932 - August 12, 2021
Reg Terry was born in Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks., the youngest of three sons. After attending the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, he started out as a journalist, but changed track and went to the University of Leicester, where he met his wife, Judith. Following five years as Warden of the Folk House, an adult education centre in Bristol, and the birth of two sons, the young family emigrated to Canada in 1965, where Reg took up a teaching post at the University of Victoria, and would eventually become Professor in the Department of English. A leading expert on the work and life of Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, his books and important contributions to the scholarship of popular fiction of the 19th century demonstrate a lively mind and an engaging, affable style – qualities cherished by his many students, friends and colleagues. He felt it was his good luck to have landed in Victoria, and he never wanted to leave.
“Dear Reg” was a convivial, modest man with a great sense of humour and vitality. He adored theatre from an early age and his extensive acting and directing experience favourably influenced his hiring by Roger Bishop, Head of the English Department and drama enthusiast, at a time when Theatre was still very much under his wing. Reg continued to perform in memorable stage productions and dramatized literary readings.
He enjoyed parties, friends, books, classic films, fish & chips, music, tennis, and puttering around a sun-drenched veggie garden in an old straw hat. As Trollope wrote of such pleasures: “What on earth could be more luxurious...? ...Was ever anything so civil?”
By his side throughout has been Judith, devoted wife and partner for over 60 years, left to mourn with sons Paul (Janet) of Victoria and David of Vancouver. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ted Rosenberg, and Dr. Diamant and the staff on 4-S RJH for their care and support.
Please raise a glass in his memory and wish him “Cheers.”