The Rockholds lived in what Terry called a modest two-story stucco house on South Franklin Street in Richwood, Ohio. He became interested in shortwave and ham radio, sitting in the kitchen of this house, listening to the BBC and Radio Moscow on an old floor model radio bought for $5.00 at a street auction.
Another member of the family was a cocker spaniel. Terry also had a sister, Karen, four years older; after her marriage she moved to San Diego. Their parents, Clarence Bee and Alice Rockhold, died in October 1980 and January 1981.
In high school, both Terry and I were members of Bruce Cahills math and science classes. However, advanced subjects like calculus were not available.
After graduation, we each enrolled in physics programs at colleges near Cleveland. I went to Oberlin, while Terry went to the Case Institute of Technology. He rented a room in the swanky suburb of Shaker Heights. But he soon discovered he might be on the wrong career track.
As Ed Olson recalled at our 2010 reunion, Terry figured he was fairly smart, having graduated about fifth in our class. But when he attended his first lecture at Case, he found it hard to keep up. The professor filled one panel of the blackboard with equations, talking all the while. Terry scribbled as fast as he could to copy the equations into his notebook while the professor continued on to the other side of the blackboard. When the second board was filled, he came back to the first board and slid it up! This revealed a third panel underneath, on which he continued to write his equations. Terry was still frantically trying to copy the second board while simultaneously trying to listen to what the professor was saying about the third.
In 1967, Case federated with the adjacent Western Reserve University and became CWRU. About the same time, Terry switched his major from physics to business administration.
After graduation, the war in Viet Nam was still going on, but schoolteachers were deferred from the draft. Therefore Terry became a schoolteacher. He continued at CWRU with classes two nights a week toward an MBA degree, which would increase his chances of getting the kind of military assignment he wanted when he finally joined the army a few years later. Or maybe the teaching deferment might give him sufficient time to wangle his way into the Reserves; or if he liked teaching well enough, he might possibly keep at it for 13 years, since draft liability ends at age 35.
Although he had no education courses as an undergraduate, he did have a good bit of experience in tutoring ninth-grade algebra and similar subjects. He found a job as a 7th-grade math teacher in a suburb near Cleveland. He didn't like it very well. The kids weren't cooperative; sort of the adolescent spoiled-brat type who wouldn't keep quiet in class. Then he became a high school chemistry and physics teacher in the rural Triad school district outside Wooster. That was a much better situation; the kids were more industrious and eager to do the work.
As it turned out, the military draft was phased out when Terry was only 25, and he was free to move on. In 1972 he joined the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and Company as a staff accountant, working out of an office on East Broad Street in downtown Columbus.
Public accountants provide auditing services to other corporations called clients. If I correctly recall Terrys explanation, new Price Waterhouse employees were known as Junior Auditors. After a couple of years experience, they became Senior Auditors and took on some management responsibilities. The best Seniors eventually were promoted to Managers, and the best Managers became Partners in the firm. Of course, the firm needed many lower-level workers but only a few Partners. Therefore, a Senior who failed to make Manager within a few years was expected to resign. He then typically would have to find a position in the audit department of some client corporation and start trying to climb that ladder.
As I recall, in 1975 Terry moved on to a paper products company with an office near Delaware, Ohio. Later he became the director of internal auditing for the Burger King Corporation, headquartered in Miami. When I visited him in suburban Kendall, Florida, in 1986, the biggest mistake that he was trying to correct that week was a purchase by a pizza-restaurant subsidiary. Theyd bought more canned tomatoes than they could use. A few hundred truckloads too many, I gather.
He said the BK executives were convinced that their tasty flame-broiled Whoppers were the best hamburgers in the fast-food industry, but they were stunned when a survey showed consumers considered Wendys to be of higher quality.
Eventually he left sunny Miami and took a position in snowy Buffalo. I had no particular desire to visit him in suburban Depew, New York. We no longer talked as often, and I dont even remember what company he worked for.
However, I know he kept up his lifelong interest in ham radio, using the call letters K2OO and becoming the president and also the newsletter editor of the South Towns Amateur Radio Society.
In 2006 I received a forwarded e-mail from Connie Hill: Have you heard that they found Terry Rockhold dead in his apartment a few weeks ago, an apparent heart attack. ...I don't think there is/will be any kind of service. Sad.
On the Internet I found this obituary from the STARS newsletter.
His sister Karen, who had survived two heart valve replacements and two major strokes, died only six weeks after Terry. She was survived by her daughter Nikki.
Ive mentioned Terry many times on this website, including:
Over the many decades I knew him, I really enjoyed our long conversations. My mother used to call him Windy, because he always had stories to tell.