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Circle of Friends to honor Terry Ward

The annual Marion County Circle of Friends will be held at Myrtledene Bed and Breakfast on Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. This year’s event is being held in memory of former St. Catharine College employee Terry Ward, whose birthday falls on that date.

Terry Ward was a native of Lebanon and spent his life giving back to the community he loved. He was a lifelong member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and many other community organizations, in addition to serving as a city administrator and as a faculty member at St. Catharine College. His passion for learning was legendary. He held several master’s degrees and was considered an expert on many different subjects.  He had a knack for making each person he met feel as if they were a true friend.

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston said he vividly remembers a conversation with Ward outside of the Hilary J. Boone Administration Building on campus.

Huston said Ward was going back to school to get another master’s degree and he asked Ward why he didn’t just get a doctorate.

Ward told Huston that life was too short to specialize in one thing. Huston described Ward as a Renaissance man, as he had a great depth of knowledge in a lot of subjects.

“To know Terry was to love him, and everyone at St. Catharine certainly did,” Huston said. “We were truly blessed by his wisdom, his good humor and his friendship.” 

St. Catharine College Director of Library Services Ilona Burdette also fondly remembers Ward.

“Terry was loved and respected and enjoyed by so many in the college and community,” Burdette said. “He had a deep love of learning and, in true Dominican fashion, took genuine pleasure in sharing the fruits of his contemplation with those around him. He was a reliable expert in theology and grammar, accounting and ethics, literature and local history and many other areas of human endeavor. Being remembered in this way is an honor that would truly warm Terry's heart.”

All funds raised from the event will be used to secure a naming opportunity in Terry’s honor in the new library at St. Catharine College. The information desk in the lobby of the library will be named the W. Terry Ward Information Desk.

“Naming the library's information desk for Terry is so fitting,” Burdette said. “He loved spending time in the library, and was someone that so many people turned to for help, whether they needed a quick bit of information or an in-depth analysis of a controversial issue.”

The rights to this space are $100,000. The college has made the lead gift of $25,000 in honor of Terry’s years of service to SCC. College officials have set a goal of raising the remaining $75,000 at the event.

For more information, to RSVP or to make a pledge or donation, contact Molly Smith at (859) 336-7610 or James Spragens at (270) 692-2223.