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Terry L. McEnany

former executive of the Oklahoma Funeral Board, died May 11, 2012, at age 59. McEnany was a U.S. Navy veteran, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He began a career in funeral service at an early age, practicing in Waterloo and Des Moines, Iowa. 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 age 29. In 1988, McEnany served as founding president of Commonwealth College in Houston and was later elected president of its 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 Simmons Institute in Syracuse. As executive director of the Oklahoma Funeral Board, McEnany was recognized for his leadership role in developing educational programs for the profession and the general pubic and for advocating key legislation strengthening consumer protections. Over four decades as a nationally recognized educator and state official, he received commendations from Texas and Oklahoma governors, legislatures and colleges. He was 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 Funeral Service Practice; a contributing author to Embalming: History, Theory and Practice and involved in developing several of the profession’s textbooks. He is survived by brother James and sister Peggy.