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Lyle E. Glazier

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BENNINGTON -- Lyle E. Glazier, 93, emeritus professor, writer and traveler, a former resident of Niles Road, Bennington, passed away Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004 at Prospect Nursing Home in North Bennington.

Born in Leverett, Mass., May 8, 1911, he was the son of the late Harry Lee and Martie Abby (Briggs) Glazier. He received his early education in the Leverett schools.

Lyle received his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1933, his master’s degree in 1937 and a doctorate from Harvard University in 1950. Married to the former Amy L. Niles, Mrs. Glazier died in 1987.

A retired teacher and writer, Mr. Glazier’s long career in education began in 1934 when he served as principal of Northfield (Mass.) School for Boys. He later served as headmaster of the Mt. Hermon School in Gill, Mass., English instructor at both Bates College and at Tufts College, assistant in Shakespeare studies at Harvard, and as a teaching fellow at both Harvard and Radcliffe.

In 1947, Lyle accepted a position as assistant professor of English at the University of Buffalo where he later became an associate professor of English and American studies, at SUNY-Buffalo where, in 1952, he was named chairman of the American studies department. He served as Fulbright chairman of American Studies at the University of Istanbul in Turkey, at Hecattepe University in Ankara, Turkey and at the University of Madras in India.

From 1984 to 1988, he served as a volunteer professor in African-American literature at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

Listed in the Marquis “Who’s Who in the World,” Lyle was also a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Council on the Arts, the Bennington Area Arts Council, the Gallery NOBIAS, the Poets and Writers Modern Language Association, the Poetry and Rear Books Collection of SUNY, the Friends of the Bennington Free Library and the Friends of Middlebury College Library.

He was a former school board member in Orchard Park, N.Y., the town Charter Committee in Bennington, the Gamaliel Painters Cane Society at Middlebury College and RSVP in Bennington, among many others.

Lyle authored several manuscripts, novels, poems and criticisms including “Summer for Joey,” “Great Day Coming,” “Stills from a Moving Picture,” “Azubah Nye, American Decadence and Rebirth,” “Bennington Politics and Schools” and “Reflection on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle.”

Survivors include three daughters, Laura Reid of Bennington, Susan Swartz of Leverett, Mass., and Alis Headlam of Rutland; and a brother, Lawrence A. Glazier of Penn Yan, N.Y.

Memorial services celebrating the life of Lyle E. Glazier will be held at a time to be announced.

Memorial donations in Lyle’s memory may be made to the Bennington Free Library through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT, 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, 2004
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