Dr. Gloria Helen Terwilliger, scholar, teacher, musician, inspiring mother and respected leader, passed away on November 3 at the age of 86 in San Diego, Ca. Born in Springfield, Ma., on September 30, 1927, to Italian immigrants Guido and Alfea Pasquini, she is survived by her daughter Connie Terwilliger (San Diego), her son Eric Terwilliger (Munich, Germany), grandchildren Daniel and Elena Terwilliger (Munich, Germany), and nephews Armando and Marcos Pasquini (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico).
Her lifelong love of music began as a child playing the piano and organ ultimately became her single passion after retiring from a long career in education. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, she received her master’s in library science at Catholic University of America.
Her passion for education took her back to school where she received her doctorate (Ed.D.) from the University of Maryland, and she began a long and much respected career as the director of learning resources at the Alexandria Campus from 1969-1992. While at NOVA, she embraced new technologies and helped move the school into the computer age. Her expertise in this area took her around the country and the world consulting for educational institutions as far away as Kuwait. She received national honors and awards for leadership in the field of instructional support services.
Dr. Terwilliger passed along a passion for music and education to her children. She continued to teach and play piano and cello. Her son, Eric, inherited her love of music and is currently principal horn with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio in Munich.
After retiring from NOVA in 1994, she moved back to the northeast. Settling in Hudson, NY, Dr. Terwilliger immediately immersed herself in the community, continuing to teach piano, organizing and playing string quartets, and adding the title of musical director for local productions to her long resume. Dr. Terwilliger will be long remembered in Hudson and Columbia County for her energy, her dedication to the arts, and her parties.
She moved to San Diego in 2009 to be closer to her daughter Connie, a voice actor and teacher.
Donations in memory of Dr. Terwilliger can be made to the Hudson Opera House at http://www.hudsonoperahouse.org/support.html.