NO. R-46. Senate concurrent resolution in memory of Dr. Milton Terris of South Burlington.
Offered by: Senator Munt of Chittenden County.
Whereas, Milton Terris was an internationally recognized epidemiologist and public health care expert whose professional contributions encompassed accomplishments as an academic, as a health policy advisor to governments around the world, and as the advocate of a “Second Epidemiological Revolution” intended to stress the primacy of preventive measures in combating lung and heart diseases, cancer, and premature births, and
Whereas, he graduated from Columbia University and the New York University Medical School, and later earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, and
Whereas, Dr. Terris served on the faculties of many prominent North American medical schools, including New York University, Tulane University, and the universities of Michigan, Buffalo, Minnesota, Toronto, and Montreal and the Public Health Research Institute of the City of New York, and
Whereas, in 1980, upon retiring as chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at New York Medical College, the still youthfully energetic physician founded the Journal of Public Health Policy, which he continued to edit for the rest of his life, and
Whereas, he devised a series of academic exercises, known informally as the “Milton Terris” exercises, to train generations of health care workers, and
Whereas, Dr. Terris was active in many professional organizations, including the American Public Health Association, of which he served a term as president, and the National Association for Public Health Policy, which he founded in 1979, and
Whereas, he received many accolades for his accomplishments, including an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Montreal and the Physicians’ Forum’s Edward K. Barsky Award, and
Whereas, after retiring to Vermont, Dr. Terris became a local health care advocate as a cofounder of the Vermont Consumers Campaign for Health, and
Whereas, he was married to his wife, Lillian, for three decades, and is survived by her, his son, Andrew, his stepson, Alexander, and a grandson, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly extends its condolences to the family of Dr. Milton Terris, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lillian Terris in South Burlington.