Hometown Hero: Terry Donahue

For most of his life, Terry Donahue has made it a priority to serve others. It started as a young man when he attended nursing school. It continued when he joined the US Army. (“Uncle Sam got me,” he says.)

His tenure with the Army lasted 22 years and included a tour in Vietnam and the opportunity to go to anesthesia school. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1988. Down the road, Terry became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and administered anesthesia for a living.

Terry and his wife Carol are Premier Members at the Morris YMCA. They took a chance and joined the Y before we ever opened our doors. Terry, 72, is now one of our most active members. Following his own advice—“stay active, don’t vegetate”—he can often be found at the Y running on the treadmill, lifting weights or doing yoga.

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