Waldo Glock Jr.

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Waldo Sumner Glock Jr. passed away Jan. 9 at the Good Samaritan Health Care Center. He was preceded in death by his parents Waldo Sr. and Betty Wellman Glock. He is survived by Sharlene, his wife of 45 years. Waldo was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1925, but spent most of his youth in Tucson, Ariz. and Lubbock, Texas. When his father went to the Pentagon in 1945, Waldo finished High school at Woodrow Wilson High School; then attended George Washington University for two years receiving an associate degree. He then entered Yale University where he earned both a BA and a master's degree in English Literature. He later pursued his Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Minnesota, where he also taught as a graduate assistant. In 1967, he married Sharlene Agerter, and in 1970 moved to Las Cruces to join the English faculty at New Mexico State University to teach 18th Century English Literature and Victorian Literature. During his teaching career he published several articles in literary journals. In addition he researched and annotated a bibliography of 18th Century English Literary Studies, published by the Smithsonian Institution. He was a member of the Modern Language and the Rocky Mountain Language Associations besides the 18th Century Literature Association. Upon retirement, after 25 years at NMSU, he and his wife made numerous trips to Europe where he was able to use his vast knowledge of the history, the art and architecture, the music, and the literature of numerous countries. He and his wife also spent time with friends in England, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic. In addition to his teaching career, he also served on the executive board and president of the Friends of Branigan Library, the Community Concert Association, and the Las Cruces Kiwanis Club. Waldo had an insatiable love of books and music, as is evident, considering his large collection of both. To quote a friend "he was a loving husband, a gentleman, and a scholar!" His tremendous knowledge and his impish wit will be sorely missed by his wife and his many friends.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 16, 2013
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