Thelma Rosser Terry was graduated from Groveton High School
in 1939, earned her bachelor of business administration
degree from Sam Houston State in 1943 and her master
of arts in business education from Sam Houston State
She taught business education in secondary schools for
44 years, at Groveton from 1942-43 and 1944-86, and
Sweeny for 1943-44. She retired from teaching in 1986
with the longest tenure in the history of the Groveton
school district, having taught more than 4,500 students
in her business education classes.
She has been active in a number of organizations, going
back to her student days at Sam Houston State where
she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Omega Pi (honorary
She is a member of the Gamma Chi Chapter of the Delta
Kappa Gamma Society, an organization of key women educators,
and served in every capacity of the local chapter in
Houston and Trinity counties and on several statewide
committees for the past 54 years.
She has been a member of the Groveton Reading Club,
a study and service organization, for 55 years, and
has been instrumental in raising over $100,000 within
the last four years for the Trinity County unit of the
American Cancer Society. She has been an active member
of the Texas Retired Teachers Association since 1986,
holding unit and district leadership positions.
She has also been active in the Trinity County Historical
commission, First Baptist Church of Groveton, the Japonica
Garden Club, and the Groveton Ex-Students Association.
She has served as president of that association for
the past eight years and executive vice president for
four years before that.
In the past 10 years the assets of the association
have grown to more than $600,000, and many of the recipients
of scholarships provided by the group attended and continue
to attend Sam Houston State. Her philanthropy has been
inspirational as well.
"Due in large part to her influence, Robert Hutson
and I began the Smith-Hutson
Scholarship Program, for students
requiring financial assistance
to attend college," the
founder of that program, and
one of her former students,
wrote in support of her nomination
for the Distinguished Alumni
at the November 9, 2001 Distinguished