Spring Vale Cemetery
Tippecanoe County, Indiana

Close-up Views of Monument
Photo 1
Oliver P. Terry
Geraldine Terry
Frank Terry

Photo 2
Cora E. Stevens
Everett L. Stevens
Winnie S. Terry


Although young in years, the subject of this sketch has forged rapidly to the front in one of the most trying of the learned professions, and judging from the success he has achieved at the outset of his career his future will be replete with large efforts and great plans fulfilled, and he will doubtless be reckoned among the leading practioners in a community noted for the high order of its medical talent.

DR. OLIVER P. TERRY is a native of Tippecanoe County, having been born in West Lafayette, July 23, 1882, the son of FRANK and WINNIE (PERKINS) TERRY, an old and highly honored couple, their only child being OLIVER P. TERRY.  He received every care and attention possible at their hands and was given an excellent education, having passed through the local public schools and the high school, after which he entered Purdue University in 1899 when only seventeen years of age, taking a four-year course and graduating from that institution with honor, taking the degree of Bachelor of Science.  Having always been a very studious lad he mastered the subjects assigned him with ease and dispatch.  He was also a student in Chicago University for one term.  Having decided to make the medical profession his life work, he entered the St. Louis University School of Medicine in the fall of 1904, from which he graduated in 1906, receiving at the same time the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Medicine.  He evinced an aptitude for this line of work and won the praise of his instructors and fellow students for his careful and painstaking efforts.  Thus he was well equipped for his professional career when he took up the practice in 1907, his success being instantaneous.

DOCTOR TERRY is not only a successful practitioner, but is also the possessor of innate qualities that fit him for an instructor of no ordinary ability and it is not too much to predict that in after years he will become known in more than a local way in this line of endeavor.  These qualities were recognized by the board of the medical college in St. Louis where he was a pupil, for he was made assistant in physiology in that institution during the years 1904 and 1905, which position he filled to the entire satisfaction of all concerned.  This was an excellent preliminary training in fitting him for the splendid position which he now occupies, instructor of physiology and anatomy in Purdue University.  Owing to his thorough preparedness, his natural aptitude and fidelity to duty he is discharging the duties of this position in a manner that reflects much credit upon himself and the institution.

The domestic life of DOCTOR TERRY dates from June 25, 1907, when he was joined in the bonds of matrimony with GERALDINE DRUMHELLER, a cultured and talented lady, the representative of an old family of the Mound City.  She is a graduate of the high school and the Teacher's College of St. Louis.

In his fraternal relations, DOCTOR TERRY is a member of the various fraternities of Purdue University.  In politics he supports the Republican ticket.  He is a member of the American Physiological Society; also the Tippecanoe County, the State and American Medical Societies, in all of which he takes an abiding interest.  He is examiner for the North American Insurance Company.  In his religious affiliations he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church of West Lafayette, and both he and MRS. TERRY are prominent in local social circles, being people of culture, intelligence and hospitality.

Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Illustrated, Vol. II, pp. 1017-1019
B. F. Bowen & Company, Publishers, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1909


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