Phillips G. Terhune, Jr., a resident of Norwalk and a former long time resident of Darien, died Sunday, Aug. 28, at Norwalk Hospital. He was 78.

Mr. Terhune was born in Boston on Aug. 25, 1933. He was the son of the late Phillips G. Terhune and Frances Matthews Spelman.

Mr. Terhune Phillips graduated from Middlebury College in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He as then employed in the advertising and marketing department of Procter and Gamble. He returned to the New York area where he was employed by a number of advertising agencies before becoming a marketing consultant. He was publisher of the Dining Out Magazine and subsequently becam a Connecticut State Marshal until the time of this death.Mr. Terhune served on the Board of Directors for the Middlesex Club; was a Darien Junior Football League Coach and on the Board of Directors for five years; served as Fairfield County Swim League Diving Committee Chairman; and was a Darien Little League Coach. He also served on the New York Committee for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team. He was co-founder of the Middlebury College Alumni Club of Fairfield County and a member of the Middlebury College Alumni Council.

Mr. Terhune was a member and publicity advisor for the National Ski Patrol System; a member of the Darien R.T.M. for 12 years; a member of the Darien Republican Town committee; one of the co-founders and president of the Darien Republican Club; a member of the Republican State Central Committee and served on the public relations Committee; and a member of the Darien Monuments and Ceremonies Committee.

He is survived by his wife Carol Van Duyn Terhune of Norwalk; a daughter, Elizabeth Terhune Fuller of Stamford; a son, James Sullivan Terhune and his wife, Marnie, of Waterville, Maine; and four grandchildren, Jessica Thomas, Kevin Fuller and John and Henry Terhune. He is also survived by his stepfather, H. Noyes Spelman of Westport, and two sisters, Anne M. Spelman of Fairfield, and Katherine Spelman Burroughs of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A Memorial service will be held at the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road, Darien Thursday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorial gifts to Middlebury College for Financial Aid in Memory of Phillips G. Terhune, Jr., Class of 1956, Gifts Administration, 5 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 or online at

The Edward Lawrence Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence, visit

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