The obituary for Edward F. Terrar Jr. in the July 25 edition should have said he was special assistant to Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell, not George P. Shultz. (Published 7/26/04)
Edward Francis Terrar Jr., 84, a former investment trust company president who had been a Republican Party strategist and government official, died of a heart attack July 12 at his home in Silver Spring. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Terrar, a decorated World War II naval aviator, twice worked on Capitol Hill as an administrative assistant for Rep. Bob Wilson (R-Calif.), from 1953 to 1957 and from 1975 to 1980.
During the 1956 presidential campaign, Mr. Terrar managed a national speaking tour for Vice President Richard M. Nixon. One of Mr. Terrar's tasks was to organize a petition drive to head off an effort urging President Dwight D. Eisenhower to replace Nixon on the ticket.
Mr. Terrar worked on the Republican side of the 1960 presidential campaign, coordinating speaking engagements and fundraising events for Nixon's vice presidential running mate, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. After that election, in which Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy, Mr. Terrar served as executive director of the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.
Mr. Terrar's campaign work led to political appointments in the federal government. He worked in the Eisenhower administration as special assistant to Labor Secretary George P. Shultz and was an assistant director in the Office of Emergency Preparedness from 1970 to 1975.
In between his government service, he worked in private industry, most notably as president of St. John's Investment Trust Co.
In 1980, after leaving Wilson's congressional staff, Mr. Terrar helped found Washington Industrial Team, a lobbying company. He was a partner in the company until his retirement in 1985.
He then moved from his home in Washington to Leisure World in Silver Spring, where he was a volunteer board member and treasurer.
Mr. Terrar, a native of Coffeyville, Kan., was a graduate of Coffeyville Junior College and what is now American University's law school.
During World War II, he served in the Navy as a torpedo bomber pilot and took part in the island invasions in the Pacific. He received wide media coverage when he was the first aviator to land a plane on Guam after its capture.
His military honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Mr. Terrar reflected on his war experience in a book he wrote with his wife, Hazel Terrar, "God, Country and Self-Interest: A Social History of the World War II Rank and File." The book was published in April.
He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring, the Capitol Hill Club, the University Club, the American Legion, the Welsh-American Society and the Escort Carrier Sailors and Airmen Association.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, of Silver Spring, survivors include two sons, Edward Toby Terrar of Silver Spring and David Terrar of Damascus; and two grandchildren.