John J. Glancy, CO
91, Indianapolis, died April 4, 2014, at his home.
For more than forty years, Mr. Glancy was Assistant Professor of Orthotics and later Assistant Professor Emeritus of Orthotics at Indiana University Medical School. Mr. Glancy was recruited by the school in 1967 to design, oversee construction of and run the school's orthotics laboratory. The laboratory that he designed later was named in his honor.
Mr. Glancy was born, March 19, 1923, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He wore a brace for most of his life as a result of a debilitating leg bone infection suffered as a child, which left him with a special empathy for children with disabilities.
Mr. Glancy began his career at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and was on staff at The Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Mass. before relocating to Indianapolis.
While much of Mr. Glancy's career was devoted to designing braces and other orthotic aids for children with significant disabilities, he also worked with adults. Mr. Glancy helped a number of athletes, ranging from world famous jockey Red Pollard to many well-known Indianapolis business and civic leaders who sought Mr. Glancy's help after suffering injuries during the jogging craze in the 1970s. Pollard, the jockey who rode Seabiscuit to fame during the Great Depression, suffered severe injuries in a racing accident, and later in Pollard's career, Mr. Glancy designed braces that stabilized Pollard's atrophied leg so that he could continue to ride.
An internationally recognized member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Mr. Glancy held a number of patents, published many articles in professional journals and lectured across the United States and in several foreign countries. He also wrote a reference book, "Control of the Foot /Ankle Complex: Orthotic Recommendations", published in 2000 which continues to be used by university level orthotics programs. His theories on the structure and mechanics of the foot attracted the attention of one of the world's leading running shoe manufacturers.
Mr. Glancy is survived by his wife, Helen; stepdaughter Elinor Williams; five nieces and a nephew. Mr. Glancy was predeceased by his parents, Nellie and Thomas Glancy; his sister, Betty Glancy Lamphere; his brother, Frederick Glancy; and his stepson, Richard Williams.
Mr. Glancy will be cremated and his ashes interred at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. Arrangements have been entrusted to Leppert Mortuary and Crematory.