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July 1, 2004

Robert Teer Elected Honorary Sigma Xi Member

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- For his major role in shepherding the new Sigma Xi Center to completion, developer Robert D. Teer, Jr. of Durham, North Carolina, was inducted as the 32nd honorary member of the Society during grand opening ceremonies in April for Sigma Xi's new home in Research Triangle Park.

Since 1983, distinguished individuals not otherwise eligible for membership in Sigma Xi, who have served science, or the Society, in a manner or to a degree that merits such recognition, have been elected honorary life members by the Board of Directors.

"Robb Teer was the major factor in the Sigma Xi Center's being built on time and within budget," said Sigma Xi Executive Director Patrick D. Sculley. "I met him when he was managing the building in which we formerly leased space and came to trust him. Whenever I called him about an issue, he was always candid with me. That trust was validated every day during the construction processs, and we now have the magnificent Sigma Xi Center as evidence of the value of that trust."

Following a family tradition of building that dates back to 1909, Teer established Teer Associates in 1986. It is the oldest and only development company located in Research Triangle Park and has developed more than 2.5 million square feet of office, retail and hotel space.

From the purchase of raw land, through development, design, construction, and financing, the Teer development team handled the Sigma Xi Center project from start to finish.

"As a developer, my position is similar to that of an orchestra leader," Teer says. "It is my responsibility to coordinate all aspects--the land development, architectural design, construction management, budget preparation, landscaping and tenant requirements--ensuring that all elements are completed on time and within budget."

Teer earned a BS degree from East Carolina University and completed a postgraduate program in engineering economy at the University of Tennessee and a course in professional management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His professional management skills were honed at the Nello L. Teer Company headquartered in Durham. This multinational construction company was involved in all facets of construction, ranging from hydro-electric dams in South America and airports in North Africa, to countless highway and office construction projects.

As president of Teer Associates, his professional and business affiliations include serving as former chairman of the Durham board of Central Carolina Bank, a member and former director of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, as well as service with the Triangle J Council of Governments and the board of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

Teer was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 27 years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was last assigned to the Health Services Command, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He also completed the Army Command and General Staff College.

 

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