Friends, colleagues fondly recall department leader

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Photos by Scott Sabicer, Director, Television Communications Center
Office of Public and Employee Communications

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees past and present gathered Aug. 14 to remember the life of C.A. “Cal” Terhune, a longtime corrections official who passed away July 31.

Organized by the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation (CPOF), approximately 50 to 60 mourners attended the celebration of life at the CPOF office in Sacramento. Those in attendance included Terhune’s 84-year-old widow Ardyce, family members, various state officials and Kenneth Pogue, CDCR Undersecretary of Administration and Offender Services.

Tim Mahoney, a former superintendent of the Preston Youth Correctional Facility, said Terhune had three rules.

“Staff should be honest, have integrity and know how to treat youthful offenders,” Mahoney said.

Master of ceremonies Don Novey, who served as president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association in the 1980s, said Terhune served with distinction.

“(He was) the most decorated peace officer in California history,” Novey said.

Charleene Corby, CEO of the foundation, said Terhune was very involved in the organization.

“He was a gentleman and a gentle man,” Corby said.

State Sen. Jim Nielsen served with Terhune. Nielsen was the chairman of the Board of Prison Terms from 1990-2007.

Nielsen said he planned to adjourn a session of the legislature in Terhune’s honor.

Tom Marich also spoke. He retired from the department in 2001 as Chief of Classification, Case Management and Quality Assurance.

“Cal had a vision that most people didn’t have. He knew what to do,” Marich said. “Cal’s mission in life was doing the right thing for the people of California.”

Many spoke of Terhune coming out of retirement to help fix the prison system.

Glenn Mueller, former Folsom State Prison warden and current CPOF chairman, said Terhune “was a great man.”

“He was a man I was proud to know,” he said.

Posting of colors was presented by the CPOF Honor Guard and the San Quentin Honor Guard.

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