Terry L. McEnany (1952 - 2012)

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Terry L. McEnany
WINTHROP – Terry L. McEnany, 59 of Marshalltown, formerly of Winthrop and Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, died Friday, May 11, at the Iowa Veteran's Home, Marshalltown.
He was born May 31, 1952 in Independence, son of Louis A. and Stella Lyness McEnany.
From 1996 until 2007 he was the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Funeral Board. He was recognized for his leadership role in developing educational programs for the profession and general public and in advocating key legislation strengthening consumer protection. His career spanned over four decades as a nationally recognized educator and state official receiving commendations from Texas and Oklahoma Governors, Legislatures and Colleges.
Terry earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy.
He began a career in funeral service at an early age practicing in Waterloo and Des Moines. In 1981 he joined the faculty of Pierce Colleges and rose through the ranks from Professor to College President, the youngest college president in the nation at the age of 29.
In 1988 he served as founding President constructing the Commonwealth College in Houston, Texas. He was later elected President of their Board of Regents. In 1992 he served as founding regent of the funeral museum in Houston. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Dean of Academic Affairs of the Simmons Institute in Syracuse, NY.
Terry served in various other professional, civic and fraternal organizations including: past Chairman of the Council of Universities and Colleges of American Board, Committee on Accreditation, past president of the National Association of Private Colleges, Board member of the Academy of Professional Service Practice and was involved in developing several of the professions textbooks and a contributing author of "Embalming, History Theory and Practice."
Survivors include: a brother, James A. (Audra) McEnany of Marion; and a sister, Peggy White of Worthington; a brother-in-law, Mel Gerard of Naperville, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; and a sister, Linda Gerard.
Memorials will be directed to the Iowa Veteran's Home in Marshalltown.
Services were 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery, where military rites was conducted by the Iowa Army Honor Guard. Public visitation was Monday at Fawcett's Funeral Home, with a 7 p.m. vigil.
Condolences may be left with www.fawcettsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from May 23 to June 9, 2012
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