Most things with Terrence “Terry” Orell ’67, MBA ’69 started as a joke or funny anecdote. His smile and good humor lit up many a room and his contagious laugh brightened our hearts. Born Jan. 21, 1945, in Eugene, Oregon, to Helen Margaret Kirchoff and Bernard Leo Orell, Terry grew up with a work and play ethic, which he learned from his parents. As a young man, he saved up money working in the sawmills of the Pacific Northwest to perfect pastimes such as skiing, water skiing and particularly, golf. One of his lifetime mottos was “You work to earn money to do the things you love.” Always a proponent of a good education, his studies led him to SCU, where he earned a B.A. and an MBA. Santa Clara was also the place where he won the heart of his future wife, Margery Lemire. They were married in 1968 in a massive, frigid Montana snowstorm, but never again was the pair hampered by inclement weather or adversity. Terry served in the U.S. Army, General Adjutant Corps, as a lieutenant during the Vietnam conflict, where he earned the Army Commendation Medal. In the early 1970s, he worked for Weyerhaeuser Company in Seattle, Washingotn, living in an idyllic cottage on Three Tree Point with his wife and young children—Molly and Michael. His ambition to lead a different life brought him and his young family to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977, where he would eventually become the Charlotte Chamber executive VP of economic development, a job he described as the best job he ever had because Charlotte sold itself. He helped put Charlotte on the map in the 1980s and 90s. His family grew to three children as daughter Katy kept Terry busy once again with a small child. Terry believed in living a life led by the Golden Rule as well as his own personal rules, including: “Take good care of your car, and it will take care of you,” “If you hold your mouth just right, the fish will bite,” “Always, always tell the truth,” “Management is not a power job, it is a coaching job,” “We are all teachers,” “Don’t cheat at golf because you might be tempted to cheat at something else,” “All Oreos are bite-sized,” and finally, “The secret to a good Blizzard is an extra shot of hot fudge.” Social justice, respect for others, and honesty as well as a fun-loving spirit were characteristics he passed on to his children. Terry was a one-of-a-kind, genuine father, husband, brother, son, uncle, and friend. He was a role model for those lucky enough to know him. Terry passed away on March 23, 2017, and is dearly missed. His father, mother, and sister Mary Kay Orell Wollmuth predeceased him. His wife, Margery Orell ’68,his three children, and their families survive him: Molly Crehan ’93, Michael, Catie Clare and Maggie Rose Crehan of San Francisco; Michael, Kelly, Noah Melvin, Oliver Melvin, John, Grant and Leo Orell of Charlotte; and Katy, Francois, Kilian and Elliot Nigon of Annecy, France. He is also survived by a loving, extended family of Orell, Wollmuth and Lemire in-laws and nieces and nephews with whom he shared advice, laughter, travel, ice cream and golf. His golfing foursomes, cycling pals, and the Thursday morning breakfast crew who supported and loved him no matter what also survive him.

08 Nov 2018