Terry L. McPher­son, tech train­ing di­rec­tor

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

Terry L. McPher­son, a di­rec­tor of tech­nol­ogy train­ing who was ac­tive with his wife in youth bas­ket­ball pro­grams, died Dec. 14 from heart dis­ease at the Johns Hop­kins Hos­pi­tal. The Bowie res­i­dent was 61.

Terry La­mar McPher­son, the son of Nora McPher­son Gil­more, was born and raised in Thomasvill­e, Ge­or­gia, where he grad­u­ated in 1976 from Thomasvill­e High School.

He en­listed in the Army and was sta­tioned at Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground and later in Wash­ing­ton. In 1983, he en­tered Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School and was com­mis­sioned a lieu­tenant. He was dis­charged in 1993 from the Army with the rank of cap­tain.

While sta­tioned at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Mr. McPher­son en­tered Methodist Col­lege, now Methodist Univer­sity, in Fayet­teville, North Carolina, from which he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1987 in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion. He re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in tech­nol­ogy sys­tems man­age­ment in 1993 from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, for­merly the Univer­sity of Mary­land Univer­sity Col­lege.

In 2018, he be­gan study­ing for a Ph.D. in cy­ber­se­cu­rity and in­for­ma­tion as­sur­ance at North Cen­tral Univer­sity in Min­neapo­lis.

From 1995 to 2001, he was di­rec­tor of tech­nol­ogy-based train­ing for Price­wa­ter­house Cooper LLP in Philadel­phia and later worked in a sim­i­lar ca­pac­ity with the Di­ver­sity Chan­nel and Med­Star Health. At his death he was work­ing for Mu­niEdPro for the Mu­nic­i­pal Se­cu­ri­ties Rule­mak­ing Board in Wash­ing­ton.

“As the di­rec­tor of Mu­niEdPro,, the Mu­nic­i­pal Se­cu­ri­ties Rule­mak­ing board’s (MSRB) on­line cour­ses de­signed specif­i­cally for mu­nic­i­pal mar­ket par­tic­i­pants, Terry worked tire­lessly,” Ritta McLaugh­lin, MSRB’s chief ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, wrote in an email.

“The con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional, Terry en­gaged mu­nic­i­pal mar­ket sub­ject mat­ter ex­perts to sup­port de­vel­op­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of then free in­ter­ac­tive cour­ses, de­vel­oped by the MSRB,” she wrote. “His pro­fes­sion­al­ism, dili­gence and up­beat na­ture will be missed by all who worked with him.”

In ad­di­tion to his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, Mr. McPher­son owned and op­er­ated TLM & As­so­ciates, a tax prepa­ra­tion busi­ness, for more than two decades.

In 1982, he mar­ried the for­mer Denise Robinson, the ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the CEO, CFO and CLO of Irid­ium Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in McLean, Vir­ginia.

Mr. McPher­son and his wife were ac­tive in youth ath­let­ics in Bowie. Mr. McPher­son was bas­ket­ball com­mis­sioner of youth bas­ket­ball from 1999 to 2002 for the Bowie Boys and Girls Club.

In 2002, he and his wife founded the Metro Sixers Bas­ket­ball Club, which was ac­tive from 2002 to 2013. The cou­ple was also rec­og­nized for op­er­at­ing well-or­ga­nized and com­pet­i­tive an­nual fall and win­ter bas­ket­ball leagues and tour­na­ments through­out the year.

Since 1989, Mr. McPher­son was a mem­ber of the Columbia chap­ter of Kappa Al­pha Psi Fra­ter­nity Inc. and also its Bal­ti­more chap­ter.

He was a long­time mem­ber of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Bal­ti­more and since 2009 was a parish­ioner of Reid Tem­ple A.M.E. Church in Glenn Dale, Prince Ge­orge’s County.

Mr. McPher­son’s hob­bies in­cluded trav­el­ing and home im­prove­ment projects.

Fu­neral ser­vices were Friday at Bethel Assem­bly of God in Sav­age.

In ad­di­tion to his wife of 37 years and his mother, Mr. McPher­son is sur­vived by a son, Robert McPher­son of White Marsh; a daugh­ter, Lau­ren McPher­son of Bowie; three brothers, Howard Gil­more of Besse­mer, Alabama, Larry McPher­son of Birmingham, Alabama, and Robert Gil­more of Phoenixvil­le, Penn­syl­va­nia; and many nieces and neph­ews.

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