Service Date: 12/07/2017 at 11:00 AM
Location:St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church
Terry Wayne Torgenrud, age 75, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2017 of complications from pancreatitis.
Born and raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota, Torg, as he was affectionately known, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and his M.D. from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Having completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Torg opened a private practice with Ron Gallucci and served as a well respected and much beloved pediatrician in University Place and Fircrest for 34 years. During his professional tenure, Torg was a member of many medical and pediatric societies and earned a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Washington.
Torg truly enjoyed his work, meeting and treating generations of families and seeing young parents successfully raise children who would, in turn, become thriving parents of their own. In addition to ushering youngsters through healthy childhoods, Torg accomplished notable projects to benefit his community. He recruited John Mulligan to help start the neo-natal clinic at Tacoma General Hospital and also chaired a public service campaign to fluoridate Fircrest’s water supply, More recently, Torg was instrumental in banning smoking from the Fircrest Golf Club. For his many contributions over the years, Torg was honored with the Pierce County Medical Society Community Service Award.
In his retirement Torg enjoyed walking with his buddies above Chamber’s Bay and talking at Fircrest’s Exercise Science Center with his fellow gym rats. He will be remembered for his gregarious personality, avid dedication to Husky teams, sportsmanship on the tennis court and golf course, and love of family. Terry is survived by his wife Jan and three sons, Tim (Cammy), Drew (Lara), Matt (Lisa) and his grandson Noah.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am followed by a reception on Thursday, December 7th at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Inurnment Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Church in Terry’s name. Please leave online condolences at www.gaffneycares.com. Arrangements by Gaffney Funeral Home, 253-572-6003.