The Passing of Lou Terrellby Representative Susan A. Davis
Posted on 2014-01-09
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Mrs. DAVIS of California. Mr. Speaker, on January 3, 2014, San Diego
lost a true fixture of our community. Lou Terrell was a devoted
educator, a loving family man, and a tireless advocate for the people
of his city.
In the 1980's, Lou Terrell served as mayor and councilmember for Del Mar, California. Since then, he served as a leader in local chapters of Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, where he continued to work to make his city a better and fairer place.
Lou was also a former professor at San Diego State University, and served as chair of the school's Department of Political Science. A scholarship was established in his name to help students of political science pursuing their own careers in public service.
Lou Terrell established and served as the president of the Del Mar Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes cultural events for local children and families and works to keep Del Mar's beaches and parks clean and safe. Today, the Del Mar Foundation remains a symbol of Lou's love for his community.
Those who knew and worked with Lou knew him as a kindhearted and generous man who loved his wife and children, and his dogs. Above all, all of us who had the pleasure of knowing Lou remember his positive attitude in the face of anything. It was contagious.
Lou Terrell was a dedicated public servant and a beloved husband and father. His passing is a terrible loss for our region, and for everyone who was lucky enough to get to know Lou. He will be greatly missed.