About Randall B. Terry, Jr.
"Animals give so much to mankind, it’s only fitting that we give back something to them. This new veterinary medical center will help enhance the medical care they receive."
- Randall B. Terry, Jr.
Businessman, newspaper publisher, and philanthropist Randall B. Terry, Jr. of High Point, North Carolina, cherished the companionship of nine Golden Retrievers he named for figures in Greek mythology— Achilles, Ajax, Apollo, Athena, Diana, Nike, Rumor, Venus, and Zeus.
When Nike became ill in 1998, Mr. Terry’s veterinarian referred him to the Internal Medicine Service at the NC State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The care and compassion Nike received impressed Mr. Terry and led him to become a friend and supporter of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
Mr. Terry joined the North Carolina Veterinary Medicine Foundation (NCVMF), a group organized to attract funding for the CVM. He chaired the first CVM campaign, which resulted in $10 million in gifts and pledges to support student education. A champion of preparing the next generation of veterinarians, the philanthropist personally donated more than $4 million in challenge grants and student scholarships while serving two terms as NCVMF president.
As NCVMF president, Mr. Terry became aware that the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) was an important resource for pet owners and referring veterinarians, clinical researchers, and DVM students. He also understood the physical limitations of the VTH were not reflective of the quality of veterinary services, the demands of an increasing case load, or the educational requirements of one of the nation’s top-ranked colleges of veterinary medicine. Mr. Terry began to advocate for the creation of a new veterinary medical center that would be a national model of excellence and “an outstanding environment in which our faculty and students can promote animal health."
Mr. Terry died in May of 2004 and in the fall of 2005 the R.B. Terry, Jr. Charitable Foundation provided the CVM with a $20 million gift to initiate the philanthropist's vision. An innovative public/ private partnership of state appropriations from the 2006 North Carolina General Assembly combined with private giving that continues to be matched by the Terry Foundation is making the $72 million Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center complex a reality.
The Terry Center represents the philanthropist’s understanding of the bond between companion animals and owners. As Mr. Terry once said, “Animals give so much to mankind, it’s only fitting that we give back something to them. The new veterinary medical center will help enhance the medical care they receive.”
“The commitment Randall Terry has shown to the CVM is a reflection of the power of the human-animal bond,” says Dr. Oscar Fletcher, a former CVM dean and acquaintance of Mr. Terry’s. “His affection for his Golden Retrievers led him to encourage our college leadership and advance veterinary medicine. His gift continues to transform the CVM.”
Beyond the immediate care for companion animals, the Terry Center and the continued support of the Terry Foundation is instrumental in helping develop the emerging Centennial Biomedical Campus and encouraging CVM efforts in biomedical research, bio- and agro-security, food animal health and food safety, ecosystem health, animal welfare, and the critical job training of the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary scientists.
More than three million North Carolina residents own pets and thousands of these owners are able to enjoy extra time with their companions because of Randall B. Terry, Jr. and his compelling vision.
Several members of the CVM community were selected to provide their personal perspective on how the Terry Center will advance the health and well being of companion animals, veterinary medicine, and the preparation of the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary researchers. Here are their comments.