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Terry Sokol retiring from The Produce News

Terry Sokol, associate editor for The Produce News, is retiring after 13 distinguished years with the publication. Her last day at the office was Aug. 30.

"While we are certainly happy for Terry as she enters this new phase of her life, we (and I especially) will miss her steady hand on the editorial desk and her dedication to making our editorial product the best it can be," John Groh, editor and publisher of The Produce News, said in a recent memo to the staff. "Terry quickly became a beloved member of The Produce News family."peter-pan-statueTerry Sokol at the Peter Pan statue in London’s Kensington Gardens.

Gordon M. Hochberg, vice president of The Produce News, added, "It has been an absolute pleasure working with Terry since day one. She always strived for excellence in everything she did, from working with our wonderful staff to composing the pages of the newspaper to give them a fresh, dynamic look. She maintained the highest standards every day, and was always so easy to work with. We wish her the best in her retirement, of course, but there's no denying that she will be missed."

”Terry’s questions have been a guiding force at The Produce News,” said Ryan Beckman, online editor. “I hope her escape from print deadlines will be relaxing; however, I’m sure it will take some time for her to get past the urge to send reminders to the rest of us.”

Sokol was born in Queens, NY, and grew up in northwest New Jersey, where she began her career in journalism in the late 1970s as a beat reporter for a number of daily and weekly newspapers. She joined The Produce News in October 2004 as editorial assistant, and was promoted to assistant editor in 2006 and to associate editor in 2011.

“I have enjoyed my time and my role at The Produce News and have learned so much about the industry as well as about produce and agriculture in general. It has been an interesting and engaging experience, and I have worked with some terrific people,” Sokol said.

Her husband, Robert Townsend, worked as a news photographer and design editor. Their daughter, Rebecca Townsend, is currently working on a master’s degree in library and information science at the University of California-Los Angeles.

“I’m looking forward to spending time with my husband, who is also recently retired, and having time for traveling — especially for longer trips both abroad and to the West Coast, where our daughter lives,” she said.