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MONTAGUE - Dr. Harold M. McGlew, 85, of Montague, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Franklin, Dr. McGlew lived in Andover Township, then Layton, before moving to Montague 14 years ago. In 1944, at the age of 16 years old, he ran a dairy farm with his brother, Edwin McGlew, in Wantage, then in 1956 worked for the Sussex County Breeding Association. He married the love of his life, Maria Dolores Luna, in 1957, and they were blessed with four children.

Dr. McGlew received his teaching degree at William Paterson Teacher's College then taught at the Sparta Alpine School in Sparta. In 1966-1967, he received a full fellowship at Arizona State University for his master's degree. He was a middle school guidance counselor at Minisink Valley Middle School in Slate Hill, N.Y. He attended the Doctoral Program in Nashville, Tenn. In 1971, Dr. McGlew became the school psychologist at High Point Regional High School and sending districts and retired in 1992 after 21 years of service.

In 1986, Dr. McGlew received his Doctor of Education degree at The International Graduate School in St. Louis, Mo. His doctoral dissertation was "Determining the Effectiveness of a Group Intervention Strategy to Reduce the Prejudice Between Selected Groups of Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland." He brought Protestant and Catholic Irish choral students to Sussex County to foster better relations between the two groups.

Dr. McGlew was awarded The Sussex County Board of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation of Service to the Dairy Farmers of Sussex County in 1988. He was the 1989 recipient of the Warren D. Cummings for Distinguished Service to Education Award; the 1995 Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from the New Jersey State Park Service (enabled handicapped access to Sunrise Mountain overlook); and the 1996 SCARC Honored Professional of the Year Award. Dr. McGlew was a member of the Sussex County Education Association and a member of the N.J.E.A.

Dr. McGlew enjoyed life, loved people and his family and always took time out to smell the roses!! An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, hunting, biking, canoeing, boating, snorkeling, swimming and camping. He also enjoyed music, singing, photography, traveling, writing letters to the editor, and visiting family and friends. He never missed his grandchildren's sporting events. Dr. McGlew was passionate about his beliefs and debating and was a lifelong faithful Catholic, a passionate advocate of the right to life, and a member of the St. Patrick's Parish Council in Milford, Pa.

The son of the late Edwin N. and Grace (Magai) McGlew, Dr. McGlew also was predeceased by two sisters, Edna Beemer and Grace Piniaha. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, M. Dolores McGlew; four children, Theresa A. Stark and husband, John, of Fredon Township, Christine McGlew of Montague, Michael McGlew and wife, Suellyn, of Hampton Township, and Shawn McGlew and wife, Kerri, of China, Maine; and 10 grandchildren, Aaron, Abigail, Rachel and Jacob Stark and Kylie, Lauren, Reece, Wes, Kate and Peter McGlew. He also is survived by two brothers, Edwin McGlew Jr. and David McGlew; and two sisters, Mildred Czubak and Alice Morris.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at St. Patrick's Church, 111 East High St., Milford, Pa. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to SCARC, 11 US Route 206, Suite 100, Augusta, NJ 07822; Compassionate Care Hospice, 350 Sparta Ave., Bldg. B. Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871; or One Inning at a Time Foundation, for local children with cancer, 26 Long Bridge Road, Branchville, NJ 07826. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 6, 2014
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