Terry J. Ilardi of Dobbs Ferry, an expert on intellectual property law who worked at IBM for 34 years, died Sunday, March 14, at age 68, after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Terry was born in New York City, grew up in Massapequa on Long Island, received a B.S. in physics from SUNY Stony Brook, and earned his law degree at SUNY Buffalo. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathy; three children — Michael of Hollywood, Calif., and Christopher and Marissa, both of New York City; one grandchild; and a brother, Anthony of Michigan.
Terry’s proudest work was serving as an expert in open source software. In his varied career, he served as an adviser to the UC Berkeley Copyright Principles Project, taught software licensing at New York Law School for seven years, and was an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Software Contracts project. Before IBM, he was an associate at Darby & Darby in New York City. He loved to teach and mentor young lawyers.
Far more important to him than his career was his job as a father to his three children and husband to Kathy. Terry helped his children reach their full potential by editing essays and résumés and providing the best advice possible. He met Kathy in history class, went on one date with her, then spent years traveling the world and eating ice cream.
Throughout his life, Terry never stopped learning. He was a whiz at all things electronic and a talented woodworker who could fix almost anything — he loved to tinker in his not one but two workshops. Some of his greatest talents were in the kitchen. He loved to entertain and to feed his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Pancreas Center at Columbia University (https://www.givenow.columbia.edu/?_sa=11556&_sd=57611#).