Message from Terry Laughlin’s wife, Alice, and daughters, Fiona, Carrie, and Betsy:
After living with metastatic prostate cancer for two years (about which he blogged widely), Terry passed away on Friday, October 20th, 2017, of complications related to his condition. He displayed his characteristic optimism, wit, and passion for life-- and swimming-- until the very end. Our family is in mourning and we ask that we be given time and space to grieve a beloved husband and father privately. While he was “Ter” and “Dad” to us, we fully recognize that Terry was also a legend in the swimming world and admired by countless people whose lives he touched in meaningful ways. We appreciate the well-wishes of Terry’s many friends, fellow coaches, students, and fans. A memorial blog post will go up on totalimmersion.net/blog this week, with space dedicated for expressions of condolence. A formal obituary is forthcoming, and plans for a public memorial, including several memorial swim events, will be announced for 2018. Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.