Alabama Academy of Honor


Luther Leonidas Terry

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1974.



Dr. Luther L. Terry, a native of Red Level, Alabama, attained national prominence as Surgeon General of the United States climaxing a career in public health work and teaching. He interned at Hillman Hospital in Birmingham and did his residence in hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Terry was a member of the faculty of Washington University, the University of Texas, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania. At the time of his induction into the Academy, he was with University Associates in Washington, D. C.

He also served as Chief of Medical Services and Chief of the Cardiovascular Clinic at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore and as Chief of General Medicine and Experimental Therapeutics at the National Hearth Institute in Bethesda. Special assignments include serving as a member of Medical Division, United States Strategic Bombing Survey of Japan, a staff member of the Subcommittee Investigating Malmedy Atrocities of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs, and a member of the United States Public Health Service Committee on Civilian Health Requirements. From 1961 to 1965 he was chief of the U. S. Delegation to the World Health Organization.

The recipient of many honorary degrees and awards for his services in the field of public health and medical research, he authored 104 books and articles. He is now deceased.