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Terry J. Deglau

August 17, 1940 ~ September 14, 2019 (age 79)

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Terry J. Deglau, 79, died Sept. 14, 2019 at Redstone Senior Care Center in Greensburg. He was born August 17, 1940, the only child of Henry J. and Mary Edsall Deglau of Derry, PA. Terry graduated from Derry High School in 1958 and from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS Degree in Photographic Science in 1964.

Terry and his wife Gretchen, also a RIT graduate, returned to the Latrobe area to join his father Henry, a professional photographer, at Deglau Studio. For the next twenty years, Terry, Henry, and the Deglau Studio staff took portrait and commercial photography in the area to the next level, all while completely enjoying every working day, every assignment, every event and every family group.

Terry was very active in photographic organizations that not only allowed him to grow professionally, but also offered a platform to exchange ideas with others. He was the youngest President of the Professional Photographers of PA, a member of the National PP of America, a charter member of Camera Craftsman of America, a member of The American Society of Photography (ASP) Honorary Fellow of Photography, member of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), member of The Triangle Institute of Photography and a holder of the Master of Photography Degree and also The Craftsman degree.

In 1985 Terry joined The Eastman Kodak Rochester, NY. He traveled the world, teaching photographers in seventeen countries better ways to create pictures using Kodak film and paper. His career was filled with notable experiences, including creating a group photo of world leaders at the United Nations and photographing four U.S. presidents. He exemplified the statement "If you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life."

Terry is survived by former wife Gretchen of Elmira, NY; son James with his wife Janet, and granddaughter Sophie of Larkspur, CA; and daughter Sydney with her husband Matt, and grandsons Alex and Ethan of Buford, GA.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday October 19, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Latrobe, where he was a member. A light lunch and visiting will follow so all present can gather and share their stories of Terry.

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