Terry Glover combined her interests in the creative arts and black culture to forge a flourishing journalism career in Chicago.
"She was really about moving the black community forward on all levels -- especially an artistic level," said a longtime friend, filmmaker Barbara E. Allen. "She was dedicated to the arts, and her work has had [such a] profound influence."
As managing editor of Ebony magazine, she was known as the "heart and soul" of the staff as a writer, editor and manager, colleagues said.
Ms. Glover, 57, of Chicago, died of colon cancer Dec. 24, said her husband, Kendall.
She joined Ebony as a senior website editor of EbonyJet.com in 2006 and was promoted to managing editor of Ebony in 2009.
Ms. Glover previously was managing editor at Savoy magazine, Chicago editor for Uptown magazine and digital editor for playboy.com. She also wrote occasionally on a freelance basis for the Chicago Tribune.
Amy DuBois Barnett, editor-in-chief of Ebony, said she and Ms. Glover formed an instant connection.
"We developed a strong friendship, but she had strong friendships with everyone. She was one of those rare individuals everyone likes," Ms. DuBois Barnett said. "It was something about her character -- I think it was her complete openness and warmth."
Ms. Glover was born in Indianapolis. She grew up and attended high school in St. Louis before moving to the Chicago area to attend Northwestern University, where she received a bachelor's degree in radio, TV and film in 1978. She later received a master's degree in journalism from Roosevelt University, her family said.
As young aspiring filmmakers, Ms. Glover and Ms. Allen traveled to Paris, London and Amsterdam in the mid-'90s to shoot a pilot film about "black Europe," Ms. Allen said.
"Nobody believed we could find so much black culture in Europe, but they did when we brought back the film," Ms. Allen said. "We were young and crazy and wanted to travel the world."
Terry Glover had been struggling with colon cancer for about two years, her husband said.
"Her passing during the holidays wasn't any easier than normal, but it was nice to have many of her close friends as support," he said.
Ms. DuBois Barnett said Ebony plans to print a memorial to Ms. Glover in the next issue.
"Terry is completely irreplaceable," Ms. DuBois Barnett said. "We will find someone to fill in her editorial functions, but in terms of the glue she was for our team, that's not replaceable. We really feel her absence every single day. All of us at Ebony loved her."