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Marshall Terry: Writer, Teacher, Literati Award winner

Author Marshall Terry with Dean Gillian M. McCombs
Marshall Terry was joined by Gillian M. McCombs, Dean and Director of Central University Libraries, at the launch party for his latest book, Loving U: The Story of a Love Affair (And Some Lover’s Quarrels) With a University, in October.

In recognition of his contributions to literature and the academic community, Marshall Terry '53, '54 was honored with the 2012 Literati Award March 31. Terry – known affectionately as "Mr. SMU" – accepted the award at the Friends of SMU Libraries 12th annual Tables of Content fundraiser.

The author of 12 books, Terry has received highest honors from the Texas Institute of Letters and PEN Texas.

To most members of the University community, Terry requires no introduction. His story is "inextricably bound up in the history of SMU," says Russell Martin, Director of DeGolyer Library.

After earning a Master's degree in English from SMU, Terry stayed as a member of the faculty, chairing the English Department for two terms and initiating the University's award-winning creative writing program and the long-running Literary Festival. He also served as assistant to President Willis M. Tate.

Terry's most recent work, Loving U: The Story of a Love Affair (And Some Lover's Quarrels) With a University, is an affectionate narrative of his involvement with SMU, told with his characteristic wit and wisdom. The DeGolyer published the memoir last year.

A mentor and friend to his students, Terry helped launch the careers of novelists Joe Coomer '81, Tracy Daugherty '76 and Lewis Shiner '73, among others. Other writers saluted at Tables of Content were the Top 10 Haute Authors, including historian Christopher Heaney; poets Paul Otremba and Joaquín Zihuatanejo; and novelists Becky Wade and Jo Whittemore.

Michael H. Collins and Melissa A. Collins '10 served as honorary chairs of the fundraiser. Sponsors of the event include Presenting Sponsor Locke Lord, LLP, and Table Sponsors James Brooks and Ann Early; Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Delphine and Tierney Kaufman; Jackie and John McElhaney; Judy and James McMillin; and Caren Prothro.