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“Terry was a man of action. I remember when a group of busy bodies who didn't like the Austin Chronicle went to HEB and threatened to boycott the...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Vince May - Austin, TX

“Rita, I cannot believe it has been 7 years since we lost Terry and I know you miss him even more now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Polly Emerson - Austin, TX

“Dearest Terry, At seven years ago today...miss you more than ever before. My karaoke singing tributes testify to that fact! (I'll Never Find Another...Read More »
3 of 34 | Posted by: Carol Wiles - Rockport, TX

“Terry - My favorite bah and humbug man; Still not forgotten at year six, and will always be connected - The loving wife of your youth, karaokecarole ”
4 of 34 | Posted by: Carol Wiles - Rockport, TX

“Terry was one of the first people I met when I came to Austin in 1984. I quoted him today in an online forum, so figured a good time to pay long...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: James A .Cooley - Austin - Friend

“On this 5th anniversary of your passing away....still haven't forgotten you...as you are to be forever remembered by me in tribute and love, always -...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Carol Wiles - Rockport, TX

“Well. I was one of the very first folks to help with Manorvilla. My wife Jocelyn painted a mermaid on the deepend of the pool going into a cave....Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Don Buford - Bacliff, TX

“Terry was a friend of mine for a long time. I first met him when I was looking at places that were clothing optional. I even worked for him a short...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Scott Miller - Austin, TX

“Terry and his love of "Liberty" will live forever in my heart. I just learned of his passing today from Jeff Davis (June 9, 2008) and wished to...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Mike Moore - Wichita Falls, TX

“Terry - I love you, I miss you. Thank you for standing up for me when I was not getting treated fairly in the media world. Thank you for teaching...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Sue Cole - Austin, TX

“I met Terry back in 1988 at a job we both had downtown. I still have a handful of friends to this day from this same job. I was 18 then and Terry was...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Shawn Daudel - Austin, TX

“I wish to thank Terrys family for having shared him with all of us... he will be greatly missed by many. GOD Bless, "Y" Heaven awaits us all. ”
12 of 34 | Posted by: Y - Fort Worth, TX

“Thank you, Terry, for what you have meant to me. Within a few minutes of meeting you, I knew the word that described what I was: libertarian. You...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: David Eagle - Corsicana, TX

“Last summer Mary (Terry’s cousin) and I visited him and Rita. Mary had not seen Terry since they were small children growing up in New York...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: John Partlan - New York, NY

“For the past 30 years or so, Terry was Mr. Libertarian for me, and I was Ms. ACLU to him. I will miss his friendship and defense of the First...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Ruth Epstein - Austin, TX

“Oh how I'll miss my dear friend Terry who gave me so much advice and feedback on everything from politics to computers to women. It was he who...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Bill Kelsey - Austin, TX

“I was sorry to hear of Terry's passing and enjoyed watching him on the Jeff Davis Show on Austin Access TV. ”
17 of 34 | Posted by: Yancey Summerour - Houston, TX

“I'm sorry to hear Terry's voice has been silenced. He always seemed to speak from the heart. We need more of that kind of honesty. ”
18 of 34 | Posted by: Fred Cantu - Austin, TX

“Goodbye, Terry, my friend.. Strong in your beliefs, you pointed the way to freedom and equality for all like a lighthouse on a stormy coast. When...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: Sidney Grief - Austin, TX

“Terry was always an inspiration to me, and he will be dearly missed. ”
20 of 34 | Posted by: Chris Athanas - Austin, TX

“Terry Wish you could have hung around another 10 or 20 years. I think Libertarians may be entering the home stretch-however- maybe your passing...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: nancye moses - austin, TX

“Terry loved to get the message out over Austin's public airwaves. I first met him as we were hosting live TV shows, back-to-back every Sunday night...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Sol Waters - Austin, TX

“My family sends their sincere condolences. Thank goodness people like Terry lived on this Earth. ”
23 of 34 | Posted by: Dan E. Davis - TX

“I always enjoyed talking to you on public access TV. No one was more principled or consistent than you. I will remember you as we continue to fight...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Mark Phillips - Austin, TX

“I will always remember our Sunday evening gettogethers at the Hickory Street Bar and Grill at 8th and Congress in Austin. They tended to be Socratic...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Jon Roland - Austin, TX

“Terry played an important part in the start of my photography career. He extended credit at his photo lab when I was just starting which made it...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Robert Godwin - Austin, TX

“Terry lived and worked his ideals like few others I have known... and did it with such joy! The mosaic of Austin culture is richer for his having...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Charles Pugh - Austin, TX

“I had the pleasure of working with Terry at JRT, where he assisted within the admissions department. We celebrated his birthday in 2006 with his cake...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Danielle Rosales & The Job Ready Training Family - TX

“Terry and I shared many years together, including many potlucks at our house, years of Live and Let Live TV shows, New Manor reunions, demonstrations...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Debbie Gauntlett - Red Rock, TX

“I enjoyed seeing Terry's TV shows and meeting him when I also produced programs at Public Acccess in the 1980's. What a loss for the community....Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Jenny Clark - Austin, TX

“Terry, We'll keep reminding them. Angela ”
31 of 34 | Posted by: Angela Keaton - West Hollywood, CA

“It is always sad to lose a libertarian among a society of sheeple. ”
32 of 34 | Posted by: Michael Bird - San Antonio, TX

“Clare and Rita, my condolences to you. Rita, I saw you and Terry's relationship as a blessing to may own and will always remember the first time you...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Polly Emerson - Austin, TX

“To all who knew Terry, my condolences! He was a fighter, both valiant and benevolent, for Liberty, and the world is a poorer place in his absence. ...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Jeff Daiell - Houston, TX


Terry Liberty Parker, longtime Austin Libertarian activist, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2007 after a short but valiant fight against aggressive brain cancer. Terry was born on October 26, 1944 in New York City. For over 30 years Terry was a vocal and passionate champion of Libertarian principles. In the early 1970s, Terry gained worldwide fame for establishing a clothing-optional apartment whose tenants signed a "non-aggression pact" whereby "they were free to do whatever they want as long as they don’t aggress physically against one another." He was active in the Libertarian Party during the 1980s and once served as Travis County Libertarian Party Chair. For 10 years, Terry hosted "Live and Let Live," and for the past two years he co-hosted the "Jeff Davis Show," both on Austin's local public access television station. In the 1990s, he began using the Internet to expand his Libertarian voice by establishing himself as moderator of the Libertarian Yahoo Group and provided the valuable service as archivist for televised Libertarian programs. Terry was most admired for his unwavering commitment to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and his unconditional love for his friends and family. Terry's survivors include beloved daughter, Clare Burchfield, cousin, Mary Partlan (John), loving life-mate Rita Gonzalez, and numerous lifelong friends. A private memorial will be held in Austin to celebrate his exceptional life.