Terry Armstrong Classroom for Science Education
The College of Education is looking forward to honoring the late Terry Armstrong, professor emeritus. The beloved educator passed away in January 2014 at age 78 after a short battle with cancer. He had nearly a 40-year career with the University of Idaho as a staff member and professor.
The Terry Armstrong Classroom for Science Education in the newly renovated Education building will be dedicated to science teaching innovation and excellence. The renovated building is part of a combined $19 million project that will allow removal of asbestos from the 1968 building and turn it into a contemporary dynamic learning facility. The state-of-the-art classroom will be a transformative, modern space that will offer critical resources and learning tools for future educators. Many of Armstrong’s former students and friends have come together to support the project, and as a result, we are more than halfway toward funding the creation of this space. Opportunities remain for making a gift in honor of one of U of I’s iconic figures.
Armstrong grew up in Salmon and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1958, where he majored in biology. He married Pat Havemann, a medical technologist, in 1960 while teaching and coaching in Salmon. He later moved to Moscow and received his master’s and doctoral degrees from U of I. He worked as President Richard Gibb’s executive assistant from 1978-89. He then returned to teaching until he retired from U of I in 1996. Armstrong continued teaching, speaking and serving on community boards and actively maintained an emeritus faculty office in the College of Education.
The classroom won’t be his only legacy. In 1981, Armstrong found three pennies on the sidewalk.
These three pennies became the initial fund for the now more than $333,000 Found Money Fund of Idaho. He still was soliciting and searching for lost coins to add to this famous fund decades later. The proceeds of the fund will be used starting in 2089, U of I’s bicentennial, to help finance special projects and trips for students.
In 2001, the Terry Armstrong Teacher Education Scholarship was established in the College of Education. Thanks to the support of generous friends and alumni, this endowed scholarship continues to make an impact. Each year, it is awarded to an upper-division undergraduate student who best embodies Armstrong’s passion for teaching, education and life.
Did Armstrong make a difference in your life? If so, please consider joining hundreds of others who already have given to the Terry Armstrong Science Education Classroom. Armstrong personally demonstrated that a gift in any amount can make a difference. Please consider helping us honor his legacy by making a gift of your own. Contact Director of Development Marta McClintock at 208-885-7476 or firstname.lastname@example.org or send your check directly to the College of Education, 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3080, Moscow, ID 83844-3080, noting that the purpose is to support the Terry Armstrong Science Education Classroom.
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