Deborah Pierson Glass passed away on January 7, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Deborah was born April 20, 1960 in San Diego, California, to Robert and Mickie Pierson.
She attended school in Oak Harbor at Clover Valley Elementary and Oak Harbor Middle School. She attended the Academy of Our Lady of Peace High School in San Diego and graduated from Marian High School in Imperial Beach. She attended college at San Diego University and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in electrical engineering. She received a master’s degree in strategic management from the Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Her interesting and challenging career started at the Naval Underwater Weapons Engineering Station, Keyport, Washington. From there she went to Washington, D.C. where she became a Security Engineering Officer for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State. As a Foreign Service member she had duty stations in Moscow, USSR; London, England; and Cairo, Egypt.
She advanced from Security Engineering Officer to Chief of the Physical Security Division, Office of Physical Security Programs, becoming the first female security-engineering officer in the Senior Foreign Service. She became Director of the Physical Security Office within Countermeasures. At the time of her death she held the position of Director of the Bureau of Diplomatic Courier Service, the first female Director of Courier Service.
She was a runner, gymnastic teacher, swimmer and deep-sea diver. Her passion was music. She played the guitar and sang in the church choir and was a composer of religious music. She loved to sing karaoke. She liked to split wood and sit by the fire when she came home to Whidbey Island, Washington, to see her mom.
She has three grown children, Nicole, Helen and Alex. She is survived by her mother; her brother, Mark and wife Erica; her sister, Christine Pryor and husband Casey; seven nieces and nephews who adored her; her Aunt Shirley, who mentored her through her illness, Aunt Beth and Uncle Neil Hamilton of Cabool, Missouri, and many cousins.
Her father, who was her idol, preceded her in death.