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Terry, Walterlocked

(14 May 1913–04 October 1982)
  • Elizabeth Zoe Vicary


Terry, Walter (14 May 1913–04 October 1982), dance critic, was born Walter Matthews Terry, Jr., in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Walter Matthews Terry, Sr., and Frances Lindsay Gray. Terry attended elementary school at the private home of a Mrs. Fancher and later at the local public elementary school, both in New Canaan, Connecticut. Interested in the performing arts at a young age, Terry organized performances of plays with neighborhood children. At age nine he wrote his first drama, “The Death of Atahualpa,” the story of the last of the Incas, which he had been told by his grandmother. After graduating from New Canaan High School in 1931, Terry attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His tuition was paid by the Congregational Church of New Canaan and by a Masonic scholarship. At the university Terry took dance classes and was a member of the student dance company, studying under Phoebe Barr, a former member of the Denishawn Dancers. He graduated with an A.B. in 1935, majoring in drama and minoring in music....

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