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William E. Glenn

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July 12, 2014
My dad was 26 years old when I was born and I was 26 years also when my first son was born. I've always been trying to follow in his footsteps but unfortunately this is much too hard a task for just about anybody !!

My dad was always a great story teller. He always told us a great bedtime story ...
I helped my dad as he built a catamaran sailboat in the basement of his house in Schenectady out of Styrofoam hulls enclosed with plywood and glass-cloth glued down with hand-mixed epoxy ...
My dad built both a pond for swimming, fishing and ice skating ...
The underground bomb shelter built during the cold war period ...
The redwood A-frame house that he designed and built from scratch at the end of a dead-end road in Scotia, NY ...

Whenever he went to the Bahamas he always looked for where they had Bahama bread, which he loved so much. He also loved spicy foods and loved to make up breakfast omelets that were km. spiced up with both Matooks and halapeno peppers. He also loved Click bear, fine wines and Cracked Conch in the Bahamas, along with classical music being played on his on-board music system. (His favorite place in the Bahamas to get cracked conch was Treasure Cay)

On January 13th, 1973 I was in a bad car accident while on christmas vacation from my junior year at Cornell. After being in a state of a Coma for 10 days I had total amnesia and could not even recognize my mother or father after they came to meet me when I regained consciousness. I took a full year leave of absence from Cornell in order to be recovered enough to continue schooling. I eventually was able to graduate from Cornell with a BSEE but it was very difficult (lots of all-nighters) and hard on my dad for him to realize the losses that had occurred with me. After graduating it was an awful time to be job hunting so I spent 10 days working from dawn till dusk in the autumn in Connecticut painting my car with the Macintosh Clan Plaid pattern using 3 garbage cans full of masking tape (lots of touch-ups needed!). About 2 weeks after I finished doing this my dad needed to borrow my car to run an errand on an evening with the 1st freezing rain of the season. He had a flat tire on the top of a steep hill and my newly painted car skidded and crashed into a tree and was totaled! A few months after this incident we then moved to Florida. Both of our lives changed drastically after that with him starting a long new career with directing university research and me eventually starting off with my 1st job up north with RCA in New Jersey.
August 29, 2013
We had the pleasure of knowing Bill Glenn through Gulfstream Sailing Club. He was a great sportsman, competitor and a gentleman both on and off the water. Many GSC members have fond memories and photos of Bill behind the wheel on Talaria I & II. Our heartfelt sympathies to the Glenn family in this time of loss.
July 25, 2013
I knew Dr Glenn from sharing office and research space on the top floor of FAUs downtown campus for time. It was honor to talk shop with him in those days. He was very approachable and engaging in spite of his vast awards and accolades. I will always be grateful for the knowledge he shared along with friendly advice.
July 23, 2013
Jeannie,
I have been blessed to know Bill since 1984 when I dated and later married his son Doug (soon to be 28 years).
Bill was a paradox. A unique blend of genius and humanity.
I remember fondly Bill's sense of humor. He made the comparison of dressing a toddler to that of threading a sewing machine when it was on ..and then would chuckle softly at his own joke.
He was very soft spoken and never rose his voice and you would draw you into his stories and philosophies.He was captivating.
He loved so many things- his family, his travels, classical music especially Baroque....and the great joy he had when he sailed.
He had incredible patience and tenacity which combined with his genius and vision led to breakthrough inventions that have advanced medical science. Ultrasound technologies have aided in earlier detection and thus prevention of diseases that were debilitating in the past.I have been the beneficiary of these wonderful technologies along with millions of people all over the world.
Because of his vision and gifts the world is a better place. He will be missed.
July 19, 2013
I feel honored to have known Bill, his parents and his family.
Their family farm, near Pine Mountain, GA, was across the road from ours and we looked forward to their visits. I featured Bill in stories I wrote for area newspapers and Sunday Magazines. He gave me a list of his more than 130 patents for his inventions
My condolences to his family.

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