Terrence Nguyen, the journalist responsible for Fleet Owner’s online news and email newsletters, died Friday afternoon due to a swimming accident while on vacation in Florida. A native of Manchester, CT, Terry was 27.
Terry graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in journalism and joined Fleet Owner as its web editor in 2004, his first full-time position as a reporter and editor.
Combining intelligence and enthusiasm with great energy, Terry quickly began filing multiple stories every day covering all aspects of the trucking industry. In addition to his reporting, he put together a daily email newsletter that provided a quick but thorough report on trucking’s business activities and was widely read by both fleet and supplier executives. He also created two weekly electronic newsletters covering industry issues for drivers and information technology executives.
Late last month, Terry received word that he had been awarded a Young Leaders Scholarship from the American Society of Business Press Editors. The award is given to five editors under the age of 30 whose work shows great potential in the field of business journalism.
Terry, as he was known to one and all, had a keenly positive attitude, a caring nature, an inquisitive mind and a zest for life that enriched his work and his colleagues, who had the pleasure of knowing him all too briefly.
Terry is survived by his mother, Chau Nguyen, and sister, Elizabeth. He was predeceased by his father, Minh Nguyen.
A funeral service for Terry will be held this Friday, June 8, at the Mulryan Funeral Home in Glastonbury, CT.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to:
The Greater Hartford United Way
30 Laurel Street
Hartford, CT. 06106