Terry Dischinger, Basketball Player has died At 82, Cause Of Death And Obituary

On October 10th, 2023, the world lost a legendary figure in both professional basketball and dentistry. Terry Dischinger passed away, leaving behind a legacy that influenced many aspects of his life. From his early days on the court to his later years as a dentist, Terry Dischinger made an impact on those around him.

Who was Terry Dischinger?

Terry Dischinger was born on November 21st, 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He attended Purdue University, where he played college basketball for three years and earned a degree in dentistry. Dischinger was known for his skill on the court, earning numerous accolades throughout his basketball career. In addition to his athletic achievements, Dischinger had a successful career in dentistry, practicing for over 30 years.

Terry Dischinger Career

In 1962, the Chicago Zephyrs selected Dischinger first in the second round (#8 overall) in the NBA draft. Dischinger quickly made an impact in the league, winning Rookie of the Year in 1962-63 after averaging 25.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 57 games. He continued to excel throughout his career, earning multiple All-Star selections and setting numerous records. However, his career was cut short due to injury, and he retired from professional basketball in 1973.

Terry Dischinger died, Know more about his Cause of Death

Terry died while sleeping. Terry had Alzheimer’s, according to a Facebook post. He’d been battling Alzheimer’s for a few years, and the last several months had been particularly difficult. During this heartbreaking time, his family has asked for privacy.

The Dischinger Team Orthodontics

Today my father Terry (Dr. Terry) passed away while sleeping. His hands were being held by my sister Kelly and my mother while the hospice nurse was praying. A perfect ending for him. He had battled against Alzheimer’s the last few years and the last few months in particular were very rough. Although today is a sad day, it’s also a day of celebration that he is no longer suffering and he is in heaven with my brother Terry and my grandparents (and so many others). I’m sure he has already played a round of golf, had some amazing barbecue and made somebody’s smile even better. He touched so many people’s lives all over the world in so many ways. I was proud to call him dad and be his son. What a fortunate boy I was to have such an amazing man raise me, teach me and eventually be my partner in our orthodontic practice.

Terry Dischinger Obituary

Terry Dischinger is survived by his wife, Sharon, and their children. He will be remembered for his dedication to both basketball and dentistry, as well as his commitment to helping others. Throughout his life, he was known for his generosity and kindness, touching the lives of many in his community. Terry Dischinger leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

Shawn Martin

Purdue and basketball fans in general, sad to tell of the passing of Purdue legend Terry Dischinger today.Former Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Executive Director Chris May shared this evening, that Hall of Fame member Terry Dischinger had passed away. Here are Chris’ recollections of Terry.Rest In Peace.~ Really saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Dischinger. He was a humble legend in the truest sense – a high school All-American, led the Big Ten in scoring three years, set every Purdue scoring, rebounding and FT record, a 3x college All-American, NBA Rookie of the Year, 3x NBA All-Star and 4th leading scorer on the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team. And after all of that basketball success, this retired NBA All-Star went to dental school and became a practicing dentist.These photos were during a 2019 visit to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame with his wife and two grandsons, during one of his annual trips back to Indiana to attend the Indy 500. He couldn’t have been nicer to me and acted so humbled that I would spend time with him.We spent 2+ hours touring the museum and two moments remain etched in my memory:1) He had tears in his eyes as he told me what it was like to represent his country as a 19-year-old on the 1960 Olympic gold medal team alongside his idol, Oscar Robertson. He raved about Oscar, Jerry West, Jerry Lucas, Walt Bellamy and what it was like to hear the Star Spangled Banner play while a gold medal was draped around his neck. He gave me goosebumps as he spoke about it.2) As we were nearing the end of his time in the museum, he froze. Totally froze. His wife got concerned and him asked if he was OK. He pointed to an oversized photo high on the wall and said “that’s my dad.” And after the rest of us spotted the 1947 Terre Haute Garfield team photo, he told us his father was assistant basketball coach (and head football coach). When #1 ranked Garfield led by star Clyde Lovellette made the state finals, young Terry was ecstatic. When Terry fell sick and couldn’t attend at Butler Fieldhouse that weekend, he was beside himself. When Garfield got upset by Shelbyville in the state championship game, he was inconsolable and certain it would be the worst day of his life.The highest of highs and lowest of lows, all courtesy of a simple ball and a hoop. Rest In Peace, Terry.

The world has lost a true legend in Terry Dischinger. His impact on both the basketball world and the field of dentistry cannot be overstated. As we mourn his passing, let us remember the legacy he left behind and the countless lives he touched throughout his career and beyond.

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