SALISBURY—Judy Glenn, a 65-year Salisbury resident and leading civic activist, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center from complications of a stroke. She was 89. Born on July 11, 1923, Mrs. Glenn was the daughter of the late Dr. Bernard and Frances Greenberg of Brooklyn, N.Y. Her husband, Norman, and his family were patients of Dr. Greenberg.
The Glenns moved to Salisbury in 1948. Mr. Glenn founded radio station WJDY in 1958, with the call letters named for his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Judy. Mr. Glenn died in 1994. For years, WJDY was a Top 40 station that had a special soul music program on Sundays. It was also a key source of news and information for the Salisbury community.
Mrs. Glenn's civic accomplishments were many. As an avid reader, she was an active volunteer for the library and worked for its expansion. She served as a trustee for the Wicomico County Free Library for 12 years and as a member of its expansion committee.
For over 25 years, she was a member of the Junior Auxiliary Board of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, serving as president in 1972. During that period, she was also a member of the board of directors of the hospital. Mrs. Glenn was also a volunteer and board member of Deer's Head Hospital for 12 years. A hospice room was recently dedicated to Norman and Judy Glenn.
She was a board member of the former Mildred D. Hall Cancer Association and a volunteer for the Mental Health Association of Wicomico County. She also served on the advisory board of the Holly Center and volunteered for the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.
She was the first president of the Friends of Coastal Hospice and also served as a board member. She was also a board member of the Life Crisis Center. In 1992, she was honored for "Continued Outstanding Service to Friends of Life Crisis."
For 15 years, she served as executive secretary and board member for the Community Concerts. She was vice president and director of the former Opera Society for four years. She served as a board member and officer of the Wicomico County League of Women Voters and as a board member of the Junior Wicomico Women's Club.
In 1981, the Salisbury branch of the American Association of University Women cited her as "The Outstanding Woman in Volunteer Service." In 1975, the Salisbury Rotary Club
awarded her its 4-Way Test Award. She was the first woman to receive the award. She also was a recipient in 1975 of the National Conference of Christians and Jews award for "outstanding leadership in promoting the cause of good will and understanding among all the people of our nation."
A former active member of Beth Israel Synagogue, she won the Queen Esther Award in 1982 and was recognized by the regional board of Hadassah for service to the entire community. She was also a board member of Hadassah and the Sisterhood at Beth Israel.
Mrs. Glenn earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in psychology at Columbia University. It was this love of education that inspired her to help start the Salisbury Cooperative Nursery and Kindergarten School, tutor children at Pinehurst Elementary School and work with children who had muscular problems.
In 1988, she talked about her community service with The Daily Times: "We just love the community and wanted to give back a little of the joy we've gotten from it," she said. "We think it is a great place to live. I just hope I make somebody's life a little easier, a little happier, through the volunteer work."
She is survived by three sons, Steve of Denver, Colo., George of Las Vegas and Jeff of Hoboken, N.J.; a grandson, William Lesage and his wife, Cnora, of Denver; two great-grandchildren, Christette and Lavina; two sisters, Mimi Schatz and her husband, Robert, of Freehold, N.J., and Dr. Janet Gissen of Lexington, Mass.; and numerous nephews, nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces scattered around the country.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Beth Israel Cemetery in Salisbury, with Rabbi Bienstock officiating. Afterwards, friends and family are invited to a reception in her memory at the Ward Museum in Salisbury, where she was an active member since its founding, and to take a walk on the Norman M. Glenn Nature Path there.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Beth Israel Congregation Memorial Fund, 600 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801 and or The Ward Museum, 909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804 and/or Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home PA at 501 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com
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