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Terry Holcombe '64 awarded Yale Medal

On Nov. 17, 2011, Terry Holcombe '64 was one of 5 recipients of the Yale Medal for the year 2011.

Inaugurated in 1952, the Yale Medal is the highest award presented by the Association of Yale Alumni, conferred solely to honor outstanding individual service to the University. Each year's recipients reflect the range of service and leadership the AYA strives to recognize with this award.
These individuals are honored for their remarkable contributions, and to recognize that they do honor to Yale and to all of the alumni community by the ways in which they have chosen to render service back to Yale's treasured community of scholars and friends.

Terry's citation reads: "Terry M. Holcombe has served Yale in many volunteer capacities before, during, and after his tenure as the University's Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs.  It was some 22 years ago that he began the process of raising funds for the renovation of Yale's residential colleges and it seems particularly fitting that he should receive the Yale Medal this year with the completion of the last college renovation. Holcombe has co-chaired the Class of 1964 Reunion Gift Committee for his 35th, 40th and 45th Reunions and is currently also co-chairing the reunion fundraising effort for his 50th. He has served on Mory's board at a time of great transition and revitalization. Steadfast and tenacious in engaging classmates and alumni in support of Yale, he works quietly, often behind the scenes, and is superb at deflecting the credit to others."

Terry was the Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs at Yale University for the years 1982-1998. Prior to that he served in the same capacity at Columbia University and Whittier College. From 1964 to 1972 he was Executive director of ACCION, a private micro loan development program in Latin America. Terry planned and executed three "largest ever" capital campaigns, including the $1.7 billion program completed by Yale University in l998.

Terry holds a BA and an honorary MA from Yale University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

A prior news article lists the credits for Terry's co-recipients. Also read a news story about a 1958 Branford vs. East Haven football game involving Terry, Jack Cirie '64, and Rich Niglio '64, all of whom made All-State that year.