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She was a travel agent on 9/11

posted Mar 20, 2015, 4:47 PM by Joyce Evans
You might know Terri Davids of Century 21 Award for teaching classes for PSAR members on Sandicor rules and regulations. Terri also has coordinated holiday food drives with other PSAR members.


But did you know that Terri was working as a corporate travel agent on Sept. 11, 2001? “During the weeks after the terrorism attacks, all I did was refund airline ticket purchases because no one wanted to travel,” she said. “After the layoff from the travel agency, I went into real estate on a full-time basis.” Terri joined Century 21 Award and has never left. Her office is at Century 21 Award on Kuhn Drive in Chula Vista.


Terri was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her father, who served in the U.S. Army, was stationed at Fort Bragg. She grew up in Collingswood, New Jersey, near Fort Dix.


After graduating from high school (class of 1977), she moved out from home with her younger sister to an apartment. “Our phone was not yet connected, so this nice guy who lived downstairs let me use his phone,” said Terri. “I needed to make a phone call to my boyfriend. Then, the next day I went across the street to a restaurant to eat breakfast and that same guy who lived downstairs was there. He bought me breakfast, lunch and dinner. We talked all day. We dated for two years and then got married. Now we've been married for 33 years.”


Today, Chris, Terri’s husband, works for Northrop Grumman in San Diego on the radar and communications system for the F-35 Lightning II, a supersonic, military fighter jet. Terri and Chris relocated to San Diego in 1992 with their adopted daughter from Korea. They adopted Erica when she was three months old. Today, Erica, 27, is living in San Diego and working towards her master’s degree.


“For Erica’s 21-year-old birthday, we talked about a trip to Korea so she could see her birth country,” said Terri. “But, Erica said no, she preferred to go to Las Vegas instead of Korea.”


Terri and Chris volunteer for several charitable organizations, including Paws for Purple Hearts, which assists combat veterans with psychological scars, including those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Paws for Purple Hearts is based on the tradition of veterans helping other veterans,” said Terri. “Service dogs are provided to wounded veterans who may have PTSD. My own father had PTSD after four tours of duty in Vietnam, and later died homeless.”


Terri is a long-time PSAR member. “I’m a very loyal person, and the Association always treats the members very well,” she said. “They’re always there for me. I receive terrific service when I need it. Some of my closest friendships today include those I have met through the Association.”

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-- Don’t forget to read next week’s story. Hint: Her grandparents settled in San Diego in 1934 because they stopped a bank robbery in progress at the Bank of America branch in La Mesa.