Dr. Terry Duncan, Kansas Dental Association President (1988-89), passed away on Monday May 13, 2013 in Wichita, following a short battle with cancer. He was 76.
For 37 years Duncan enjoyed a successful career as part of the orthodontic practice of Rogers, Duncan & Dillehay. He was active in several dental and orthodontic organizations including serving as president of the Wichita District Dental Society, the Kansas Dental Association, the Kansas State Association of Orthodontists, the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, and the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. He was a delegate to the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics and a fellow of the American College of Dentists.
In 2007, Duncan received the Martin E. Dewey Award form the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, its highest honor, recognizing an individual for outstanding contributions to the advancement of orthodontics in education, practice and research.
KDA President, Dr. Jason Wagle said in a email to the KDA, “Last night our good friend and admired colleague Dr. Terry Duncan passed away. He was a dear friend, respected colleague, loving father and husband and he will surely be missed.”
Duncan was serving as President of the Kansas Golf Association. when he died. A recent article highlighting Duncan’s Career appeared in the Kansas Golfer Magazine. He was also a sectional affairs committeeman for the United States Golf Association, serving on the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship committee.
Duncan was a member at Crestview Country Club for more than 20 years and joined Andover’s Flint Hills National Golf Club a year after it opened. He didn’t play any KGA events and admits knowing little or nothing about the Association until getting involved in its Senior Series at age 55 and later lending a hand as a volunteer/rules official at its championships.
In that KGA article, he explained how his passion for dentistry and orthodontics came about as a young man in the 1940’s.
“When I was age 11 or 12 my folks gave me the opportunity to have my teeth straightened by an orthodontist in El Paso and from that moment on, from age 12, I really thought that would be a great profession and a great thing to be doing as an adult,” he recalls. “I really had no other thoughts of other vocations or anything else to do other than becoming an orthodontist. So what ever you do at that age, I kind of set my sights and was hoping to have the opportunity to make that happen.”
Duncan was born in Tucson, Ariz., the son of Lee and Joy Duncan. The family moved around a bit as his father was in accounting, including a stint for a New Mexico mining company. Duncan graduated from Baylor with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1959, majoring in Biology while picking up a minor in English. He says he was active in the Wesley Foundation during his days at the Texas Baptist school. At Baylor, he also met his wife, Pat, who earned her business degree in 1959. They were married in 1960.
The Duncans, married 52 years, have three children. Son Dave, a senior account executive for Cjeka, and his wife, Shelley, live in St. Louis. Dave and Shelley’s daughter, Ally, is a freshman nursing student at the University of Missouri, and their daughter, Laynie, is a high school sophomore.
The Duncans’ first daughter, Debbie Johnson, lives in Tulsa, Okla, and works as a school teacher in the Union School District. Her husband, Brian, is an electrical engineer for American Electric Power in Tulsa. The Johnsons’ son, Andy, is an Austin College student considering a career in dentistry, and their son, Blake, is a freshman business student at Oklahoma State University.
The Duncans’ second daughter, Diane Vaughn, lives in Dana Point, Calif., and is in senior management for Pacific Life. Her husband, Brock, is an examiner for FDIC.
In honor of his love for children and golf a memorial has been established with the Wichita Junior Golf Foundation: 7529 E. 10th Circle North, Wichita, Kansas, 67206.
Duncan is the fourth KDA President to pass away in 2013. Dr. Ray Parsons (1979) Dr. Don Williams (1983), and Dr. Richard Porch (1991) passed away earlier this year.
Thank you to the Kansas Golf Association for much of Duncan’s Biography in this story.