Title: Retired Newspaper Executive
Company: The Columbus Dispatch
Location: Westerville, Ohio, United States
Terry L. DeVassie, Retired Newspaper Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Executives for dedication, achievements and leadership in Business.
Since 1993, through 2015, Mr. DeVassie has been a partner of Preston-Strat Investments, a role he took up while serving as President and chief executive officer of Creative Inserts Co. from 1992 to 2006. He has worked in numerous industries, from his start as a station manager for the Columbus Dispatch to owning the Architectural firm of TLD Design in Columbus from 1964 to 1969. Mr. DeVassie has also been a prolific civic volunteer, and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Cincinnati Shriners Burn Hospital for Children for ten years and as the treasurer of the Board for the last five years. Mr. DeVassie is also and Emeritus Member of the National Board of Trustees of Shriners Hospitals for Children having served the maximum of three consecutive three-year terms.
Born in Columbus to Robert and Laura Belle DeVassie, Mr. DeVassie graduated degrees in Industrial Design, Architecture and Advertising from The Ohio State University and the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1964, and married his wife Lola Faye Sandifer, in June of that year. The couple has two sons, Trevor Lane and Thad Lamont, and are now grandparents to Holden Xavier, Campbell Noel and Solomon Jing.
Mr. DeVassie supported his family by working up the ranks of the Columbus Dispatch, becoming circulation manager in 1979 and assistant circulation director from 1981 to 2001. Mr. DeVassie was also a talented architect with Eagle Real estate/Builders, and an extrusion designer with Plaskolite Inc. He is the designer of the drive-up newspaper rack, and holds patents for this and the changeable graphic inserts for racks.
As a successful designer, newspaper executive and civic volunteer, Mr. DeVassie has supported organizations having served on the Boards of the Mercy Hospital and the St. Anthony Hospitals of Columbus and the Simon Kenton Council of Boy Scouts of America, as well as an active member of Charity Newsies, which raises money to clothe needy children.
He is a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award, and was featured in the pages of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the Media and Entertainment, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World. Mr. DeVassie received recognition from his peers with a 1992 President’s Award from the International Circulation Managers Association, as well as in 1996 the President’s Award from the Ohio Newspaper Association and in 1984 received the President’s Award from the Ohio Circulation Managers Association, an honor for which he founded in 1982. He continues to be a Trustee of the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, as well as an emeritus member of Shriners International board of trustees. In 2012, Mr. DeVassie was named chairman of the Board of the Ohio Masonic Home Foundation and continues in that position today.