Selina M. Terry

Position: 
English Faculty

FUNERAL SERVICES SET FOR FORMER UNI ENGLISH PROF

Funeral services for a former University of Northern Iowa English professor, Miss Selina M. Terry, 94, who died Saturday afternoon, November 6, 1971, at the Lawn City Nursing Home in Cedar Falls, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 9, 1971, at the Dahl-Van Hove Funeral Home in Cedar Falls.

Officiating will be Dr. Harvey Nelson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Cedar Falls, where Miss Terry was a member.

Following cremation the ashes will be sent to the Hustad Funeral Home in Slayton, Minnesota, Miss Terry's birthplace, for burial. No service is planned there.

Miss Terry was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two half brothers. She was the daughter of Alfred Terry and Mary Edith Chace. She is survived by three half nephews.

She was a member of Prairie Chapter #62, Order of the Eastern Star.

Miss Terry, who lived at 525 W. Seerley Boulevard, Cedar Falls, before entering the nursing home in 1966, served 25 years at UNI from 1922 until her resignation in 1947.

During her quarter century of teaching service at the university, Miss Terry inaugurated the publication of the Purple Pen, student literary magazine, in the spring of 1929. During her thirteen years of sponsorship, the Pen won the first class honor rating in the Columbia Scholastic Press association for ten years and was awarded the first class rating in the National Scholastic Press association for three years.

In 1932 she sponsored the Writer's Club for younger students and in 1936 fostered the Writer's Roundtable for more advanced students.

Miss Terry was one of the first three UNI faculty members to receive the Purple and Old Gold Award for distinctive teaching service.

Before coming to Cedar Falls, she was an instructor in English at the University of Iowa for two years from 1919 to 1921. She had previously taught in the high schools of Marshall and Pipestone, Minnesota, and served as principal of the Sibley, Iowa, high school from 1911 to 1917.

She held the Ph. B. and M. A. degrees from Hamline University, and had taken advanced work at the University of Iowa and Radcliffe College.

She was for many years a member of the National Education Association, the Iowa State Education Association, the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of University Women, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

UNI News Release, November 8, 1971.


Services today for Miss Terry, UNI English prof

Funeral services for a former University of Northern Iowa English professor will be 10:30. a.m. today, November 9, 1971, at the Dahl-VanHove-Schoof Funeral Home.

Miss Selina M. Terry, 94, formerly of 525 W. Seerley Boulevard, Cedar Falls, died Saturday afternoon at the Lawn City Nursing Home. Officiating will be Dr. Harvey Nelson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church. After cremation, the ashes will be sent to the Hustad Funeral Home, Slayton, Minnesota, Miss Terry's birthplace, for burial. No service is planned there.

Miss Terry is survived by three half nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and two half brothers. She was the daughter of Alfred Terry and Mary Edith Chase.

Miss Terry served 25 years at UNI, from 1922 until her resignation in 1947. She inaugurated the publication of Purple Pen, student literary magazine, in the spring of 1929. During her 13 years of sponsorship, the Pen won the first class honor rating in the Columbia Scholastic Press Assocation for ten years and was awarded the first class rating in the National Scholastic Press Association for three years.

In 1932 she sponsored the Writer's Club for younger students and in 1936 fostered the Writer's Roundtable for more advanced students. Miss Terry was one of the first three UNI faculty members to receive the Purple and Old Gold Award for distinctive teaching service.

Before coming to Cedar Falls, she was an instructor in English at the University of Iowa for two years, from 1919 to 1921. She previously taught in the high schools of Marshall and Pipestone, Minnesota, and served as principal of the Sibley, Iowa, high school from 1911 to 1917.

She held the Ph. B. and M. A. degrees from Hamline University; and had taken advanced work at the University of Iowa and Radcliffe College.

She was a member of the National Education Association, the Iowa State Education Association, the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of University Women, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Miss Terry was also a .member of the First United Methodist Church, Prairie Chapter 62, Order of the Eastern Star.

Copyright Cedar Falls Record, November 9, 1971.

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