Condolence & Memory Journal

To Jan, my name is Nathaniel Glover. I graduated from Mercer University in 1975. Dr. Todd was my advisor. You have my condolences. God Bless.

Posted by Nathaniel Glover - Pooler, GA - Student   January 17, 2019

Just saw this announcement and wanted to send my condolences to the family. Back in the mid 70's through the 80's I competed in college sports (shot put & Javelin) and powerlifting and if you never heard the name Terry Todd and Jan Todd, you didn't have a pulse. Dr. Todd is gone, but his teaching and knowledge will live for 100's of years. God bless the Todd family your directions built a destiny.

Posted by Rick Allen McIntosh - Orlando, FL - Student   October 19, 2018

I am sorry to learn of Terry Todd's passing. My uncle Ralph Countryman, one of the founders of the National Physique Committee, knew Terry well and always spoke of him very highly.

Posted by Teresa Countryman Countryman - Oakland, CA - Family Friend   July 26, 2018

Jan, I am so sad to hear about Terry.
He (and you) have left such a great legacy to UT Austin.
Ann Brewer

Posted by Ann Brewer - Tyler, TX - Coworker   July 19, 2018

Terry always was willing to share his knowledge & help others. I personally learned a lot from him. Prayers to Jan & the family.

Posted by Sue Humphrey - Austin, TX - Friend   July 13, 2018

Terry and I became closer friends when Travis High School opened with me as a Junior and Terry a Sophomore. I recall well our discussions back then about "bulking up" for strength, but even then he was an ace tennis player. We both played doubles with the firemen at the firehouse on South Congress. At UT we were also together a lot in the first 2 years, and then with a hiatus Jan and Terry visited Uschi and me at our house in Bavaria. Still later we saw each other at our mutual friend's ranch Bob and Carol Boothe.

Jan, all of the best to you in this difficult time. As you know, we are fairly far away in our house in the Blue Ridge Mountains and cannot make the memorial at the Ex-Students' Center, but we are with you in spirit.

Jack and Ursula Vaughan

Posted by jack vaughan - Young Harris, GA - Friend   July 13, 2018

Jan, We have just learned of Terry's passing and your great loss. We are saddened at the news, and our hearte and prayers are with you. Words are so inadiquate in times like these, but we wish you God's comfort and peace. We will be in touch, Bill and Judy Pearl

Posted by Bill and Judy Pearl - Talent, OR - Friend   July 12, 2018

Thoughts and Prayers

Posted by Carolyn & John Krieg - Friend   July 12, 2018

God Bless, Dr. T, he will live always in our strong memories! Truly a man with undying interest, dedication and fascination regarding the pursuit of the infinite dynamics of strength!

Posted by Philip Pfister - Charleston, WV - Friend   July 12, 2018


My most sincere condolences to Jan, the Todd family and his countless friends. He left quite an amazing footprint on the earth, educating and inspiring so many of us as did you Jan. God Bless you brother.

Posted by Brian KUHRT - RUMSON, NJ - Acquaintance   July 11, 2018

Dear Jan,
You and Terry left a huge mark here in New Germany, Nova Scotia. I am so sorry to read of Terry's passing. You, family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy,
Ann Wright (Gummeson)

Posted by Ann Wright Gummeson - New Germany, NS - Student   July 11, 2018

I used to read his column Size and Strength authored with Paul . Thank You Mr Todd .

Posted by Owen Keeler - Vancouver Canada - Student   July 11, 2018

Jan, There are no words to express the loss I know you are feeling. You and Doc were a true champion of the sport and more importantly great human beings to the people you touched. Throughout the years my love and admiration has never waivered for you both and I truly wish you peace during this difficult time.

Posted by Bona 123    July 11, 2018

The world of strength lost a giant.

Terry was admired all over the world for his countless contrtibutions to the Iron Game.

Sincere condolences to Jan, to the Todd family and friends.

May he rest in peace

Thomas Klose
Witten, Germany

Posted by Thomas Klose - Witten, Germany   July 11, 2018

So Sorry to hear of your Loss. I remember both you coming to our small farm and visiting as a young child. My father Stanley Haines and Uncle Clinton Haines have always had kind word of you both. I remember the kindness you showed to my sister and I. Again I am very sorry to hear of you Loss.
Diane (Haines) Robar

Posted by Diane Robar - Barss Corner - Acquaintance   July 11, 2018

In a bookstore decades ago I picked up Inside Powerlifting without noticing who had written it. I read various paragraphs at random to get a feel., and thought, Wow, this guy can write! Through the years my respect for Terry, and for you, Jan, has increased, not randomly, but specifically for what you both accomplished as a team. I am very disturbed by Terry's passing, but I hope he is at peace, after a magnificent life.

Posted by Joe Roark    July 11, 2018

I had the distinct honor to be part of the University of Texas powerlifting program from 1990-1992, and the opportunity to learn from, and get to know on a personal level, both Terry and Jan was the highlight indeed. Godspeed Terry. Jan, I am thinking of you and wish you strength and comfort in this most difficult time.

Posted by Eric Hammer - Parkland, FL - Friend   July 11, 2018

My condolences to Jan Todd at the passing of her husband, Terry. Terry's book, INSIDE POWERLIFTING, really inspired me to stick with powerlifting, over bodybuilding, in the summer of 1981, when I was just 16 years of age. Still doing powerlifting and other strength training at 54 years of age.

Posted by Kevin Spirek - Necedah, WI - Acquaintance   July 11, 2018

Jan, My deepest condolences on Terry's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you. You are both my heroes. You opened up an entire world for so many by introducing strength for women. I can't find the words to express my gratitude and respect for you both as it all sounds so inadequate. Your husband will be remembered for the legendary life he lead which is unparalleled. You were a powerful and loving couple that demonstrated to the world how a marriage should be. I am blessed to have known Terry,

Posted by Cory Everson - Bell Canyon, CA - Friend   July 11, 2018

Jan, I am so sorry for your loss. Terry was a remarkable man and the impact of his work will always be with us. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Manuel Justiz - AUSTIN, TX - Friend   July 10, 2018

Jan- I was so sorry to hear about Terry's death. Terry was a wonderful man whose memory will live on in so many ways, especially in the work of the Stark Center. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Marilyn Kameen

Posted by Marilyn Kameen - Austin, TX - Coworker   July 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss Jan, the 2 of you were a great inspiration for many of us students at NGRHS .

Posted by Todd Hubley - Bridgewater - Student   July 10, 2018

"He loved big things." Eighty years strong, and a legacy for generations to come. Sending you a piece of my heart today, Jan, even though I know yours is full. You made me strong at a time I was broken, and I have been stronger through the several decades since, because of what the two of you achieved together. Wishing you peace & joy. Kathy

Posted by Kathy Edwards - Clemson, SC - Classmate   July 10, 2018

I'm so sorry for your loss. When I was 12 years old, Terry extended to me an act of human caring that changed my life forever. I'm forever grateful.

Posted by Sheryl Yeary - Georgetown, TX - Friend   July 10, 2018

Jan, My condolences on Terry's passing. You both are fondly remembered here on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Coline MacDonald former staff of New Germany Rural High School.

Posted by Coline MacDonald - NewGermany, AR - Acquaintance   July 10, 2018

Dear Jan,
Terry was a phenomenal athlete. But more than that, he was a prolific and respected scholar, sought-after mentor, and thoughtful teacher. He will be remembered fondly for his many contributions to the field, not the least of which is the Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports at The University of Texas. It was in the Center that we had a wonderful conversation in the spring, at the Alderson luncheon, that I will remember fondly. I am deeply sorry for your great loss; you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sherry Field - Austin, TX - Coworker   July 10, 2018


Jan, my thoughts are with you as you celebrate Terry's life and legacy. I was one of your Grade 9 students at New Germany Rural High and fondly remember both you and Terry from your time in Nova Scotia. Barbara (Wentzell) Rhodenizer

Posted by Barbara Rhodenizer - Nova Scotia, Canada - Acquaintance   July 10, 2018

Sending condolences from Nova Scotia. It was our pleasure to know you both when you were in Nova Scotia.
We are so sorry to hear of Terry's passing and want you to know our thoughts are with you!

Posted by sandi and Kevin Weaver - Bridgewater - Coworker   July 10, 2018

Jan and family,
I was saddened to hear of Terry's passing and send my deepest sympathies. The two of you are without peer in your mentorship and acceptance of young scholars, and please know that his legacy carries on in the lives and careers of so many others. I am blessed to have known Terry.

Posted by Kevin Witherspoon - Simpsonville, SC - Acquaintance   July 10, 2018

I agree with Joe Roark: "The king is gone". I'm just one of millions on our blue planet who loves the Iron Game.
We all owe so very much to Terry, that words are inadequate.
My thoughts and prayers are with Jan and the entire Todd family.
Albert Busek, Munich, Germany

Posted by Albert Busek - Munich, Germany - Friend   July 10, 2018

Jan, I am so sorry for your loss.You and Terry sure had a great time over the years, together, inspiring young weightlifters all over the world. He was a great man and it was a priviledge getting to know him when you lived in Nova Scotia. Take care!

Posted by Judy Fancy - Pleasant River, Nova Scotia - Friend   July 10, 2018

I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to you Jan and all the family. I always think of both Terry and you with fond memories. As a child you both were the biggest people I had ever seen, and had the biggest dogs also. You both were always so kind to my sister and I, even though we were a hand full. I was glad to see you at the Parkdale-Maplewood Fair a while back. It was nice just to be able to say hi.
Again my condolences to you and your family.

Posted by Donna (Haines) Varner - Nova Scotia - Friend   July 10, 2018

In Love and Grace.

Posted by Kirby D. Sams Sams - Austin, TX - Friend   July 10, 2018

Deepest condolencies to you JAN. B Filizola

Posted by Biagio Filizola - sapri   July 10, 2018

Dr. Todd, your husband was arguably the brightest and most vibrant soul I met while attending UT. His charmful and cheerful smile always made my day better at the Stark Center. You and Terry made a profound impact on my tenure, as a student, at UT.

Posted by Josh Pearson - Austin, TX - Student   July 10, 2018

Dear Dr. Jan, Very sorry for your loss. I still remember that night Terry picked you up after finishing our discussion on final paper. I will always be his fan. R.I.P

Posted by Yiran Li - Austin, TX - Student   July 10, 2018

Jan, Tina, Daniel and I would like to convey our deepest condolences to Terry's family and to you. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Joseph Hood - Austin, TX - Friend   July 10, 2018

Jan, My words will be insufficient to fully appreciate the magnitude of your loss or to relieve your heart of the pain. Terry certainly left his mark and made such an impact on so many people. I am grateful to have known him. His presence will stay with us because his work remains and the stories of him will continue. My love to you.

Posted by Jody Jensen - Round Rock, TX - Coworker   July 09, 2018

Jan, Your and Terry's teamwork and accomplishments are unparalleled. Our lives are richer for having known him. We'll remember his powerful presence, intellect and wit. Your love for this great man was evident and inspiring. Love to you.

Posted by John & Sarah Fair - Auburn, AL - Family Friend   July 09, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. Terry was a powerful force in so many ways and Julie and I are proud to have known him. He will be irreplaceable at UT and forever remembered for the way he presented himself and his passions (for so many things). Our thoughts are not only with you, but with Cindy and everyone on staff at the Stark. What a vision legacy he has left for future generations.

Posted by Scotty Sayers - AUSTIN, TX - Friend   July 09, 2018

Jan, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Terry was such a wonderful colleague and dear soul who influenced countless people. We loved him and we love you!

Posted by Mary Steinhardt - Cedar Park, TX - Coworker   July 09, 2018

All blessings on Terry's memory. An impressive fellow. A tennis racket was a mere twig as he was very muscular. I did not know him well, but admired him from afar. He'd moved on to UT by the time I was on the Austin High tennis team.

Posted by Bill Ardis - Austin, TX - Acquaintance   July 09, 2018

Jan, My Condolences on your loss. Sincerely, Dave and Barbara Woods

Posted by Dave Woods - Austin, TX - Friend   July 09, 2018


It is with saddened heart that I learned of Terry's passing. I recall our many discussions of sensitive issues related to sport in its many dimensions. He certainly was a good friend and colleague, and will be in my prayers.


Robert M. Malina
Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin

Posted by Robert Malina - Bay City, TX - Friend   July 09, 2018


Inside Powerlifting was one of the greatest books written about the sport. I have always been a fan. RIP

Posted by Frank Signorile - Jacksonville, NC - Friend   July 09, 2018


Wishing you the peace that passes all understanding.

Dennis L Bates/Curator

Posted by Dennis Bates - Westerville, OH - Acquaintance   July 09, 2018

Jan, I'm so sorry for your loss. Terry was such a wonderful man! I will be sorely lost!!!
Dave Goodin

Posted by Dave Goodin - Cedar Park, TX - Friend   July 09, 2018