MCGURK, LT. COL. TERRENCE J. Lieutenant Colonel Terrence J. McGurk (CTARNG-Ret), 78, of Litchfield, died quietly at home on November 16, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann Potter McGurk, four children (Deirdre, Erin, Michael, and Jamie), and 6 grandchildren (Skyler, Robyn, Jordan, Travis, Kaily and Lucy). His son Timothy predeceased him. Terry was born in Cambridge, Ohio in February 1935 and graduated from Cambridge High School. He attended Marietta College, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, and met his future wife, Ann. Ann and Terry graduated in June, 1957 and were married the next day. He attended graduate school at the University of Idaho, where their first child was born. He worked as a geologist for Pure Oil in Casper, Wyoming, and for the U.S. Geologic Survey in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1961, Terry was recruited as an Earth Science teacher by Litchfield High School, where he taught for 34 years. He also taught geology at UCONN at both the Torrington and Waterbury campuses. Colonel McGurk served for 31 years in the National Guard, rising from the enlisted ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. His last assignment was commanding the National Guard Field Artillery Battalion in Norwalk. He was a member and past Commander of the American Legion Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44, as well as the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and the USAF Civil Air Patrol. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Church, 802 Bantam Rd., Bantam, CT at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. A celebration of his life will follow at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, from 3-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Litchfield High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 245, Litchfield, CT 06759.
Published in registercitizen on Nov. 19, 2013