Terry with his longtime friend and co-author Larry Gustin. This photo is from the dust jacket of their sixth edition Buick history book. I have all of the editions of their fine books and would be lost without them. Terry has now made his last personal correction on this Blog Terry’s helping hand . “I better strive to be more accurate Terry”, Rest In Peace.
Mr. Terry B. Dunham
June 22, 1940 – November 2, 2012 Terry B. Dunham, 72, who died Nov 2, 2012, was considered one of the world’s leading experts on the heritage of the Buick automobile, creating a book, a national enthusiasts’ organization, and a website for vintage car owners and major magazine articles.
Terry, of Apopka FL, had been active until recent days despite an illness of several years. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Golden), who was his high school sweetheart in their home town of Howell, MI; their daughters Terrilyn Hundeby (David) of Orlando and Traci Garde (Glenn) of Atlanta; grandchildren Paul & Shauna Hundeby, and Shelby & Sydney Garde. Also surviving is his beloved mother-in-law, Helen Golden of Brighton, MI., sister Janet Kerr of Cedarville and brother Roger Dunham of Howell. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Ellen Dunham. Funeral services pending at McDonald Funeral Home in Howell, MI., 517-546-2800
Terry was born June 22, 1940 in Howell. He was a 1963 graduate of Western Michigan University, where he majored in automotive engineering technology. He was employed in sales and service operations of General Motors’ Pontiac Motor Division from 1963 – 1992. After retirement from GM, he worked for Engineering Analysis in Detroit, handling product liability investigations for GM, Ford, and Chrysler, his specialty being a fire expert on cars. Those assignments often took him to the Caribbean, Mexico, and even Casablanca.
He was particularly well known for his book, “The Buick: A Complete History” , an award winning and critically acclaimed book that came to be accepted by Buick Motor Co. and auto historians as the automaker’s definitive history. It was first published in 1980 and then in five more updated editions up to Buick’s centennial in 2003. In 1975 he suggested the idea for a major Buick history book to Automotive Quarterly (AQ). After conducting research across the United States and England the book was published in 1980 and co-authored with his good friend Lawrence R. Gustin.
His family interests included coaching soccer and being a foster parent along with his wife rescuing kittens and helping them getting adopted through a rescue group. Links: TERRY DUNHAM OBITUARY