Dr. Terry Connor


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dr. Terry Lee Connor passed away at his Scottsdale, Arizona, home on Jan. 14, 2013, following a brief illness with pancreatic cancer.

Born April 22, 1949, to Richard and Pauline Connor, he attended schools in Defiance, Ohio, and graduated from Defiance College in 1971. He graduated in 1975 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery. He moved in 1976 to West Linn, Ore., and joined a family practice clinic, where he continued to practice until he retired from private practice in 2006. He and his wife, Suzi, moved to Arizona to enjoy more golf and extensive travel.

He is survived by his wife, Suzi; and their son, Kyle of Venice, Calif. Also surviving are siblings, Larry (Susan), Dennis (MaryJane), Fred (Laura) and Tami Sandifer (Al), as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85014; or Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Ariz. 85008.

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  • I was a friend of Terry for almost 50 years. He was a wonderful basketball player at Defiance High ('63-'67) under Max Gecowicz and Howard Nourse. He also ran cross country and represented DHS at the state level in tennis ('67). He spoke fondly of his work with the late Bob Costello in the chemistry lab at Zeller Corp. during summer vacations, and found his vocation, at least in part, through his science coursework at Defiance College, which he continued to support throughout his life. Terry was a credit to his family and friends, his schools and his hometown.