facebook pixel Skip to Main Content
Idaho State University home

ISU Mourns the Loss of Psychology Chair Dr. Tera Letzring

January 25, 2024

Dr. Tera Letzring, chair of the Department of Psychology, passed away on Friday, January 19, after a sudden medical emergency. She leaves behind a loving husband, Darin and their two sons, Paul and Noah.

Dr. Letzring was an integral part of the Department of Psychology for 19 years, serving as chair for the last three years. She made significant contributions to the academic community and touched the lives of countless students and colleagues.

Kandi Turley-Ames, dean for the College of Arts and Letters recalls meeting and interacting with Tera over the years at ISU. 

“Nineteen years ago I met a bright, intelligent woman and hired her to join our faculty at ISU. In short order, this young and vibrant personality expert became integral to our Psychology department. More importantly, Tera became part of the ISU family. Beyond being a talented faculty member, she was an amazing friend to me and so many others. I believe her commitment to her friendships, first and foremost, contributed to her being such an amazing teacher, researcher, mentor, collaborator, and phenomenal leader. She cared about the people she worked with, and finding solutions that brought people together was her secret superpower. Even today and even through this tragic loss, her superpower is bringing all of us who loved her together. She created a legacy that will not be forgotten–not at ISU and not in her life outside of our institution. At this moment, I want to share my deep love and concern for her family. We mourn alongside them and will always remember the bright light and great friend that was Tera,” Turley-Ames said.

Outside of work, Tera truly loved the outdoors. Her husband Darin recalls that mountain views with beautiful lakes were her favorite, especially when accompanied by an amazing sunset. 

“Along with hiking and camping, cross-country skiing and working out were some of her chosen physical activities. We spent a considerable amount of our family time in beautiful places created by God, which we enjoyed and appreciated greatly,” said Darin.

Both Acting President Brian Sagendorf and President Robert Wagner have extended their heartfelt condolences to Tera’s family and those who knew her. This is a difficult time for everyone. If you or someone you know needs help during this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Human Resources regarding the Employee Assistance Program, and for grieving students, the Counseling and Mental Health Center is available to provide no cost counseling services. 

A celebration of Tera’s life will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1350 Baldy Ave. Pocatello, Idaho, with a live stream option available. In lieu of flowers, Tera’s family encourages donation memorials to any of the following organizations.

Camp Perkins - https://www.campperkins.org/donate.html 
Jesuit Volunteer Corps - https://www.jesuitvolunteers.org/support-jvc 
Grace Lutheran School - https://gls.gracepocatello.org/donate/ 
ISU Department of Psychology –http://tinyurl.com/yc5khdb3f
Rock of Ages – Please call Gabe Flicker at (208) 241-7088

Read the full obituary and write a memory or condolence here.


College of Arts and LettersUniversity News