Terri D. Seales passed on February 13, 2016, in Hingham, MA, at the Pat Roche Hospice Home at the age of 56 years. She was joyful, energetic, independent, strong, and compassionate. She shared her knowledge and love of life with her many friends and family while working continually to leave the world a better place.
Terri was born in New Braunfels, Texas, to Bill and Arlene Seales on February 9, 1961. Born with a congenital hip handicap, she overcame it to become a marathon runner and extremely proficient swimmer. She attended Seele Elementary and New Braunfels High School graduating cum laude in 1979. Terri was accepted early to Wellesley College. After four years of college life at Wellesley, Harvard, MIT, and Wesleyan and a semester in Rome, Italy, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Classics studies and graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in June 1983. She received her J uris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1992.
Her love of politics and remarkable ability to negotiate led her to a number of jobs before starting her own law firm in partnership with Jeff Saitas. She worked as a legislative consultant for Cliff Johnson Associates and then served as a legislative assistant in the Texas Senate. She then worked as the assistant to the Executive Director for the TCEQ. Terri became the Special Assistant to Commissioner Michael Williams at the Texas Railroad Commission. During this time, she met and married another lawyer, Robert Strauser. Her most treasured position was her partnership in Saitas and Seales advising a variety of clients on regulatory issues and strategy regarding the environment.
Terri was preceded in death by her husband of 13 years Robert Strauser and her father Billy T. Seales. She is survived by her mother Arlene Krueger Seales, her sister Pam Seales Mayes, her stepchildren Ann Palmer and Ben Strauser and many other friends and family. A memorial service will be held on March 3 at 2 PM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Austin, TX. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Terri Seales Family Foundation at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute: