The Center for Sports Communication & Media brings together interests in the instruction, practice, and scholarship of sports journalism, broadcasting, media production, and human communication. It serves the mission of the Moody College of Communication and The University of Texas at Austin through its commitment to the highest quality of teaching, research, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
RIP: Dr. Terry Todd
Reknowned scholar and co-founder of UT-Austin's H.J. Lutcher Starck Center for Physical Culture and Sports passes at age 80.
Terry Todd was larger than life.
He was a big man physically, for sure, honed by years of vigorous weight training that took him to the top of powerlifting.
But his heart and soul were large as well.
Last week we lost a great friend to the The Center for Sports Communication & Media and its predecessor, the Texas Program in Sports and Media, in the Moody College of Communication. From the very beginning of our sports and media programming at the Moody College in 2010, Terry and his wife and colleague at the Stark Center for Physical Culture, Jan Todd, shared their time, their knowledge, and their beloved Stark Center facility with our programs to better present to the campus and community as a whole the role of sports in American society. He and Jan were always available to discuss a new subject that could be of benefit to the Stark Center and the campus community.
Noteworthy collaborations with Terry and Jan and the Stark Center included a symposium with Texas Olympic athletes, public panels on the use of illegal drugs and sports, and hosting the 1936 Berlin Olympics Exhibition. More plans are in development.
We are grateful for all that Terry has done for us.
The memories we have of Terry will long survive.
They are large.
Which is, of course, appropriate.
-- by Michael J. Cramer, Senior Fellow, CSCMA memorial service for Dr. Todd is scheduled for July 28 at 2:00 pm on the UT-Austin campus. For more information on that or his life and work, please visit www.starkcenter.org.