On June 11th, 2019; Terry D. Biller, of Parkville; loving husband of 66 years to June Arnold Biller; Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Terry D. Biller, a retired Baltimore City school principal, died peacefully, with June by his side, on June 11th, 2019. Born in Charles Town, West Virginia, he was the son of a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad freight agent who moved to Baltimore with his family 70 years ago. Mr. Biller grew up on North Wolfe Street and was a 1949 graduate of city college.
After high school, Mr. Biller earned an education degree at what is now Towson University. During his years at Towson, Mr. Biller taught science lessons on television. Later he earned a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University. In his early years as a science teacher at Hamilton Junior High School, Mr. Biller taught science lessons on WMAR TV with Mr. George Rogers entitled "Your child in School". During his next thirty years as an educator, Mr. Biller became a Science Department Head at Hamilton Junior High School, and Assistant Principal at Lemmel Junior High School and Harlem Park Junior High School.
Members of the Baltimore City School Board named Mr. Biller Principal of Clifton Park Junior High School n 1968, a position he held for three years. He then was appointed principal of the Herring Run Junior High School, a school with five unit schools within one school and with a student population of 3200 students. It was at this time that Mr. Biller experimented with teaming teachers and integrating curriculum in a concept called the "Middle School Concept". He was called on by the school system to help plan the first two new Middles Schools to be built in Baltimore City. When the second one was completed, Northeast Middle School, Mr. Biller was named the Principal. At Northeast Middle School, the middle school concept was carried out by selected teachers who worked on teams and were extremely creative. At Northeast, Mr. Biller developed the first TV studio and closed circuit television system in schools that broadcast daily with celebrity guests from WBAL-TV. Mr. Biller was especially known for being a mentor to his staff and for his outstanding organizational ability.
In retirement, Mr. Biller liked to go to his previously-owned summer home in Fenwick Island, Delaware to enjoy the beach. Also, he loved to play duplicate bridge and was a Silver Life Master. His other hobbies included gardening and playing the keyboard.
Family and Friends will honor and celebrate Terry's life at the family owned Evans Life Celebration Home - 8800 Harford Road, Parkville, MD on Saturday June 22nd, 2019 from 10 to 11AM. A memorial service will be held following the Recieving of Friends at 11AM.
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