Obituary of Dr. Terry E. McRoberts
Terry E. McRoberts, D.D.S., 89, of Sellersville, PA, and Jackson, Wyoming, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Grand View Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Kathy (Ziegler) McRoberts to whom he was married for over 41 years.
Born at home on May 20, 1933, in Blawnox, PA, he was the first of three sons of the late Earl and Rose (Robertson) McRoberts. While his father was serving in the Merchant Marines in WWll, his mother managed to purchase a small farm in Ivywood, PA. She and Terry worked at “modernizing” the old farmhouse for the growing family by digging out a basement by hand, bucket by bucket, and finally getting indoor plumbing and electric. Early education for Terry was around the corner in a one-room schoolhouse complete with outdoor plumbing. In 1951 he graduated from Winfield-Clinton High School where he was student council president, vice president of his class, and voted “most likely to succeed.” Even in those early days, Terry knew what he wanted to do with his life. In his yearbook, the 1951 Class Prophecy read, “Terry has completed his course at Pitt, as a full-fledged dentist he sure is fit. His own office patients from all over town, fillings and extractions will never get him down.”
With the help of a senatorial scholarship, a gift from his grandfather, working multiple jobs, and with the support from his wife Lucy while in dental school, Terry fulfilled undergraduate requirements and dental school in six years. In 1957 he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry as Terry E. McRoberts, D.D.S. During his time at Pitt he also managed to follow his love of baseball and played for the university team. After graduation, he served a year in a highly regarded and sought-after rotating dental internship at Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. From 1959 through 1961 he became Chief Prosthetic Officer in the U.S. Army, based in Baumholder, Germany.
Following his discharge from the army, Terry began his private dental practice in Lansdale, PA in 1962. Soon thereafter he and his highly respected and valued partner, Dr. Charles Deutermann, built and developed Brookwood Dental to become one of the most successful practices in the area. Dr. McRoberts fondly became better known as “Dr. Mac” in the office. He was active in the local Toast Masters Club, Pennsylvania Dental Association, and was past president of the Philadelphia Dental Clinic Club.
In 1976, Terry limited his practice to Orthopedic Gnathologics, a functional non-extraction approach to orthodontics. His skill, standard of care, innovative appliance designs, and attention to detail developed full, beautiful smiles for his patients, adults, and children alike. Terry was very active in the American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics (A.A.G.O.), was a member of the Board of Governors, and received his A.A.G.O. Diplomate Degree in 1987. He was one of four A.A.G.O. members selected to develop, author, and teach an annual Four Session Series on Orthodontics and Gnathologic Orthopedics Using Crozats and other appliances. Terry authored numerous articles in the Journal of Gnathologic Orthopedics, lectured and presented clinics to a variety of dental associations, study clubs, and annual meetings across the country. In 1994 the A.A.G.O. presented him with the Case of the Year award and in 1997 he was given the Wiebrecht Award, the highest honor the A.A.G.O. bestows.
Terry was a man of many interests which he pursued with gusto. Gardening was one of his favorites. The old saying of, you can take the boy out of the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the boy, rang very true for him. The bigger the garden, the better. And, while some people have a few books on gardening, Terry had a library. Golf was another love which he played often after the spring gardening was done of course. Again, in his pursuit of the game, he became a student of the game, watching many videos, reading books, going to golf schools, and even buying some of the “golf gadgets” that supposedly make your game better. Other outdoor favorites were camping, hiking, backpacking, and skiing, all of which led Terry and Kathy to having their home in Wyoming over the last 35 years. One of his major goals in Wyoming was to climb The Grand Teton, which he did at the age of 73.
Model train collecting, fixing, rebuilding, repainting, etc. consumed “indoor” time and was one of his greatest long-time passions. While Terry built large permanent and ambitious train platforms, his real love was sitting at his workbench tinkering and fixing the trains, adding smokers or whistles, changing couplers, or anything that needed to get done to make the train run smoothly. He also did this on a much larger scale with old Farmall Cub tractors that looked like they had been left out in the field during its long life on the farm. Terry dissembled, stripped down, sandblasted, fixed, primed, and painted these tractors until showroom ready. He was proud of his work and what he accomplished. He led a full life.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Kelly Interrante and her husband, Joe, Eric McRoberts and his wife, Roxanne, Tracy Dell and her husband, Bob; his first wife and loving family member, Lucille McRoberts; his brother Paul McRoberts; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Terry was predeceased by his son Thor McRoberts, and his brother Daniel McRoberts.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 3440 Skippack Pike Skippack, PA 19474, where friends may greet the family from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Central Schwenkfelder Church Garden Of Memories in Worcester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com