Terence “Terry” Netter, the professional artist, professor, and once Jesuit priest was born in New Rochelle, New York, on April 12, 1929. He left the Jesuit order in 1968 and married Therese Franzese the same year. The couple moved to Setauket, New York, in 1979, and in later years divided their time between their homes on Long Island and in France. Terry was the founding director of the Stony Brook University Fine Arts Center, now named the Staller Center, a position he began in 1979 and held for 18 years. Prior to this appointment, he was appointed chair of the SCU Department of Fine Arts in 1969 until his departure in 1974; at SCU, he taught art, aesthetics, and art history. In 1984, The Village Times named him “Man of the Year in the Arts” for his achievements at the center, which included bringing high-quality art, music, theater, and well-known musicians to the community. He also helped to create the Friends of the Arts Center. Terry received an honorary degree from Stony Brook University in 2013, which was in addition to multiple degrees he had already earned: a bachelor’s in English and master’s in philosophy from Fordham University as well as an M.A. in studio art from George Washington University. Throughout his career, he mentored artists, musicians, and art managers and fostered the acquisition by SBU of the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton. As founding director of the Fine Arts Center at Stony Brook, he was instrumental in growing and strengthening the arts in the area. Terry was also on the board of trustees at Gallery North in Setauket and was a past president of the gallery. His artwork has been showcased there several times through the years. In 2017 at its annual gala, the gallery named him a “community treasure.” A serious person with a twinkle in his eye and a good joke or good story to tell, outside of the Three Village area, Terry’s work was exhibited at the Woodward Gallery in New York City, where he has been represented for many years, as well as in galleries and museums in San Francisco, France, and more. Among his many career achievements, Terry was the director of the Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, and contributed to the study abroad program for the University of Southern Mississippi at Pontlevoy, France, in the later years of his career. In a June 10, 2017, interview for TBR News Media’s Arts & Lifestyles section, Netter was asked what he wanted art lovers to feel or see when they viewed his paintings. “I want the viewer’s mind and eye to take a walk beyond the here and now,” Netter said. “I hope that they experience that there is more beyond the horizon—the possibility of existence beyond the reach of our senses, even though we can’t see it.” At age 89, Terry died on June 27, 2018, at his home in Setauket. He is survived by his wife, Therese, son Dylan, and his beloved dog, Pip. SCU senior lecturer Gordon Young writes: “I met Terry through a happy coincidence. He became the dean of the Fine Arts Department at Jacksonville University in Florida when my mother worked there as the fine arts manager in charge of performances. He became a close friend of my entire family, and he loved getting news about SCU. He had fond memories of his time at the University, especially the early days of the art department.”

08 Nov 2018