Terry Anderson In Memoriam

Hostage US is deeply saddened by the loss of Terry Anderson. Terry was taken hostage by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon in 1985, and he remained a hostage until his release in 1991. Since his release, he has given back to many causes, including supporting Hostage US by sharing his expertise in hostage family needs and addressing the needs of former captives. We were honored and grateful to have had Terry on the Hostage US Advisory Council. We send our sincere condolences to his family.

Terry Waite, held with Terry Anderson, wrote this about the sad news of his passing:

“The death of Terry Anderson came as a great shock to me as only a few weeks ago John MaCarthy had met with him in New York and had told me that he looked well. I first heard of Terry following his captivity in Beirut and he was one of the several hostages for whom I was seeking release. On my frequent visits to Lebanon I staying in his vacant apartment and conducted many negotiations from that base. Eventually I was captured myself and spend all but the last few months in solitary confinementent. My first contact with him was unusual. I knew that there were prisoners in the room next to where I was kept alone and so each night I tapped out my name on them wall using the old alphabetic code -one for A two for B etc. After about three years I got a message tapped back. Terry had been moved and chained to the wall against which I was tapping. From then onwards I was able to communicate each night. Some considerable time later I became seriously ill and so was moved to be with three other hostages one of whom was Terry. I shall never forget his support to me at this time.We were chained two or three feet from each other and at night when I was struggling to breathe Terry would lean across and simply place his hand on mine. There was no need for words. What mattered was the simple assurance of his care and support. In captivity he was unfailingly cheerful and resourceful. I spend one Christmas Day in his company and I remember him begging the guards for a sheet of cardboard and a pen. This he finally obtained and he divided it into small squares and made a scrabble set. He also saved some of the bread we were given with our meager meals and fashioned it into chess pieces. Prior to that we attempted to play virtual chess without a board or chessmen! Not a at all easy! Terry… was loved and respected by many. I remember him not only with deep gratitude but with great affection tion. I am proud to have known him as a friend.”