William E. Glenn

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  • "My dad was 26 years old when I was born and I was 26 years..."
    - Doug Glenn
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    - Rebecca Castellano
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    - Francis McAfee
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    - Sheila Glenn
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    - Lillian D. Champion

With great sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Dr William E. Glenn. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jeanne McGuire-Glenn, his sons, Doug & Ross, grandchildren Vaughn, Bonnie, & John, and great grandchildren, Alden & Carrigan. He was born 1926 in Atlanta, GA. During WWII, he joined the Navy V-12 program and graduated at age 20 with a BEE from Georgia Tech and a naval officer commission. His Naval career included command of an NCI(L) with over 300 officers and extensive work in radiology, highlighted by charge of the instrumentation for the Bikini Research Expedition. He then joined the laboratory of Dr Glenn Seaborg, Nobel laureate for the discovery of Plutonium, at UC Berkeley. There he received his PhD in 1952, also mentored by Nobel laureates Luis Alvarez and Enrico Fermi. Dr Glenn went on to work at the GE Research Lab, producing an HD system with a camera, recorder, and display by 1960. While there he also invented and built Talaria, a large screen projector that became a commercial project for 26 years. Subsequently he became VP and Director of Research for CBS Laboratory (a 700 man lab). He was a Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus at FAU. During his career, he obtained 138 U.S. patents, over half of which were commercialized. They were in the areas of audio, 3D video, medical ultrasound, HDTV, and super HD cameras and displays. His favorite recreation was sailing his 41' sailboat and listening to pipe organ music. He installed a 2000 pipe organ in his house. He also enjoyed visits to the 200 acre family home in GA. Service will be held July 24th at 11 am - First Presb. Church, Pompano Beach

Published in Sun-Sentinel on July 17, 2013
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