Maurice J. 'Ric' Terman (January 25, 1924 - March 22, 2018) was an American cartographer and geologist. Born outside Beijing, China, to educational missionaries, Terman returned to the United States as a teenager. He attended high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York before graduating from Bronxville New York High School. Terman entered Columbia University in 1940 and studied geography. World War II interrupted his time at Columbia, and he spent three years as a photo interpreter for the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. Terman saw action in New Guinea, the Philippines, Okinawa, and Korea and was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions on the beach at Wake Island in June 1944. After the war, Terman returned to Columbia and earned a bachelor's degree in Geology in 1946, Masters in 1948, and a PhD in 1949. After finishing his doctorate, Terman began teaching in the Geology Department at the University of Kentucky and worked for the Kentucky Geological Survey. He joined the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) as a geologist in 1951 and worked there for forty years. During his tenure with the U.S.G.S., Terman worked in the area of military geology in Europe before moving into the geology and tectonics of eastern Asia and the Pacific Rim. He was the principal compiler of the 1973 Tectonic Map of China and Mongolia. He served as Chief, Asia and Pacific Geology in the Office of International Geology during his last twelve years with the U.S.G.S. During these twelve years he helped geological programs in Pacific Rim nations. Terman retired in 1991 and became a Scientist Emeritus at the U.S.G.S., a position he held for another twenty years. He married Gertrude Cook in 1947, with whom he had two children. Gertrude died in 2002, and Terman married Sigrid Reddy Watson in 2003.