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Stephen Terry

(Maryland & Jesus 1948) (1 December 1922 - 21 January 2019)

Born in Chicago in 1922, he moved with his parents to Indianapolis in 1928. In his teens, Steve was active in the boy scouts and was chosen in 1937 as the outstanding Eagle Scout in Indianapolis. He attended high school at Park School, graduating in 1941. He had been Park School's tennis champion and captain of its basketball team. He started college in the fall of 1941, but WWII interrupted his college education while he served four years in the United States Marine Corps; from which he was discharged in 1946 with the rank of 1st Lt. In 1948 he graduated from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD (the great books program). He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1948 and graduated two years later from Jesus College, Oxford University, England with honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After Oxford he went to the Yale Law School, graduating in 1953. He then became a lawyer with the Justice Department in Washington D. C., where he worked on many important cases, including the first case in the Supreme Court outlawing segregation in public schools. In 1955 he returned to Indianapolis and joined the law firm of Baker & Daniels. During his career at Baker & Daniels he served at various times as head of its litigation group and chairman of its management committee. He was chief counsel in many nationally important cases, trying lawsuits and arguing appeals in both state and federal courts.

Steve retired in 1991 and never looked back. After his retirement he remained active in his community, serving on public boards and on private boards of directors. He received the ROSA award from the Carmel Rotary Club in 2018 and was able to finally celebrate a Cubs World Series Title in 2016!