William R. `Bob' Terry, 85, commercial artist

December 30, 2005

William R. "Bob" Terry, a retired commercial artist and World War II Army Air Forces veteran, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Dec. 23 at Carroll Hospital Center. The Westminster resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Lansdowne, Mr. Terry was a graduate of Catonsville High School and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

During World War II, Mr. Terry served as a flight engineer with the 8th Air Force and completed 32 bombing missions. He was discharged with the rank of technical sergeant at war's end.

After returning to Baltimore in 1945, he worked as a window display artist for a year at the Julius Gutman department store. From 1946 to 1948, he worked as an artist in the commercial advertising department of The Sun, where he specialized in drawing furniture.

He was art director at S. Kann Sons department store in Washington from 1948 to 1951, when he joined the commercial art department at the News American. He retired in 1982.

The former Arbutus resident, who lived at Carroll Lutheran Village since 1981, continued painting.

"He worked in watercolors doing portraits, landscapes, still-life paintings and architectural renderings," said his wife of 61 years, the former Ellen E. Harthausen, who met her future husband while swimming at a high school picnic.

"He also ran a mile a day until he was 81, when he suffered a fall," she said.

Mr. Terry had been a charter member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Arbutus and had been a member for many years of Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Krug Chapel at Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, David R. Terry of Chestertown and Michael C. "Mick" Terry of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy E. Perry Oliver of Lynchburg, Va.; a brother, Charles A. Terry Jr. of Westminster; a sister, Eleanor E. Terry of Pasadena; and five grandchildren.

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