On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the world lost one of its most compassionate, most hospitable, most brilliant, and quietly hilarious human beings. Terry Allen Tracy passed away in Lawrence, KS, at age 87, after mastering the art of caring for others, befriending nearly everyone he met, tying a knot with one hand, and mixing THE perfect vodka martini.
Terry was born on February 11, 1935, in Neodesha, KS, the son of Herbert and Louise (Bradfield) Tracy. Although most of his formative years were spent in Missouri, he did live in Panama with his parents for several years as a small child. He graduated from Belton High School in Belton, MO and went on to graduate from the glorious University of Kansas, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and where he developed a lifelong love of KU basketball. Terry married his high school sweetheart, the lovely Ellen Meador, on August 17, 1957, in Belton, MO. They moved to Columbia, MO, where Terry graduated with a medical degree, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, from the University of Missouri. After finishing his medical internship, Terry became a father of three and practiced medicine with his father in Belton until he was drafted by the US Army. He served as an officer and medical doctor on bases in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. After he completed his tour of duty, he moved to Wichita, KS, where he practiced as an OB/GYN and surgeon for almost 30 years. Terry then went on to get a master’s degree in health care administration and worked for the state of Kansas for nearly 15 years.
In his 87 years, Terry delivered 2500 babies, visited over a dozen countries, shamelessly spoiled his four grandchildren, gave the most practical “dad gifts” ever, and was a talented violinist and trumpet player. He was a lifelong advocate of learning and never stopped pursuing his love of zoology and speaking Spanish at the dinner table. He was an avid supporter of KU and Sigma Nu, a cocktail and wine enthusiast, a gifted storyteller (and reteller), the ultimate host, and a firm believer in regular exercise—although he was never above sneak-eating a ginormous bag of sliders with his grandchildren. He was a member of the KU Alumni Association, Lawrence Rotary Club, Trinity Episcopal Church, and a well-known, well-loved patron at J. Wilson’s and Six Mile Chophouse and Tavern in Lawrence.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Ellen, and brother, Jack Tracy.
Survivors include his children, Alison R. Tracy, Barbara J. (Robert) Brown, Kent A. (Maggie Solis) Tracy; grandchildren, Matthew (Cassie) Mar, Taylor Brown, Austin Tracy, Anna Tracy; one great-grandson, Liam Mar; and his devoted companion and adventure partner, Carol Turner (of the home).
In short, Terry was beloved. A beloved doctor, a beloved host, a beloved friend, a beloved partner and husband, a beloved father and grandfather, a beloved member of the Lawrence community.
A private inurnment will take place at Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence, KS. A Celebration of Life will be held at Six Mile Chophouse and Tavern, 4931 W. 6th Street, Lawrence, KS, on April 30, from 2:00 to 4:00. Memorial contributions may be made in Terry’s name to the American Cancer Society.
Rock Chalk and rest well, TT.