Cheryl Terrance


Cheryl Ann Terrance passed away peacefully surrounded by family, friends and compassionate care staff on August 18, 2022 in Rochester, MN. Cheryl had entered inpatient palliative care at Mayo Clinic after surviving a rare cancer for more than 3 years.

Cheryl was born on May 22, 1968 in Ottawa, Canada. She attended Carleton University in Ottawa where she completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology, attaining her doctorate in 2000. Later that year Cheryl moved to Grand Forks, ND where she had accepted an assistant professor position in the Psychology Department at the University of North Dakota. She earned tenure and regular promotions at UND, attaining full professor status in 2014 and became the Director of Forensic Psychology programs in 2015.

Teaching was one of Cheryl’s several passions. Using unorthodox methods in the classroom and drawing from her enthusiasm, Cheryl became one of the department’s most popular professors. She took great pride in knowing that she had made meaningful connections, mentoring dozens, if not hundreds of students. As a social psychologist Cheryl had several research interests including jury decision making and the perceptions of victims within the courtroom.

Advocacy was perhaps Cheryl’s deepest passion. Mostly promoting the rights of women and LGBTQIA members. In 2005 Cheryl became the faculty advisor of the Ten Percent Society, UND’s LGBTQIA student group. Through this capacity Cheryl was able to encourage, empower and support many more students in many different ways. She was persistent in her involvement in organizing and attending events and acted as a liaison between the community and the University.

Cheryl worked hard following these passions so that she could play hard, yet another passion. Playing hard meant finding a party, best yet, Halloween or dress up and, being the last one to leave. Playing hard also meant going on several vacations a year, some as long as 12 weeks, mostly to dive and snorkel.

Cheryl will likely be remembered most for her relaxed, welcoming nature, enthusiasm and joie de vivre that made her easy to converse with. She was inspiring, sharp minded, quick witted, always up for a debate and known to easily make friends. Lots of lifelong friends, from a very diverse set of friend groups from all around the world.

So very many of these friends have been extremely supportive, helping buoy Cheryl’s spirit these past few years. Special thanks must be acknowledged to the following: wonderful friend Jodi Evenson, who is always there for us, helping anyway she can when we were on the move. Mayo Clinic palliative care teams who made long hospital stays and dim days brighter, offering a variety of alternative therapies. Finally, Facetime for being an easy-to-use video conferencing tool that allowed family members 1500 miles away feel they were by Cheryl’s side.

In addition to a huge group of friends and extended family, Cheryl will be deeply missed by husband, Neil Wade; parents Brian and Sandra Terrance; sisters Cathy and Karen Terrance; brothers-in-law Leo Hebert and Jason Schiller along with nephews Ronnie, Nicolas, and Brandon and great-niece Nia.

A Celebration of Cheryl’s Life will occur at Lincoln Drive Park, Shelter No. 4 in Grand Forks on September 8, 2022. Beginning with informal mingling at 3:00, speakers should begin around 5:00 and food and refreshments will follow. We hope that you will consider attending.

For those that would like to help continue Cheryl’s passion of empowering and encouraging students to find a brighter future please stay tuned. An endowment fund is currently being setup in Cheryl’s name by UND Psychology and the Alumni Association to fund scholarships. Details should be available at the Celebration on September 8.

For those who would like to make a donation in Cheryl’s memory she encouraged people to support the following groups:

PMP Pals, a support group for patients with appendix cancer and their caregivers.

Appendix Cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation, whose focus is funding and supporting research to find a cure for Appendix Cancer and PMP.

SOL International Foundation supports the education and quality of life of children in Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras.

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