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Stephen O. Glosecki

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Stephen Orin Glosecki, 55, died peacefully at home with his family on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. A professor of Old English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Glosecki was raised in Springfield and graduated from Griffin High School. He completed his undergraduate degree at Beloit College followed by an M.A. and then a Ph.D. in English at the University of California at Davis.

Whether seminars at UAB or lectures at international conferences, his presentations were always dynamic and full of the passion he felt for Anglo-Saxon studies. Author of articles, poems and books, he recently completed "Myth in Early Northwest Europe" and, his cherished project, a translation of Beowulf. Dr. Glosecki loved the music of the language and frequently recited passages of Old English to the delight of all who heard him, even if they didn't understand a word. He was also a frequent media consultant, more than happy to explore the folklore of Halloween or the superstitions of Friday the 13th.

Although his distinguished career as poet, scholar, artists and professor brought him joy and fulfillment, the true joys of his life were his lovely wife of 25 years, Karen Reynolds, and their sons, Dylan and Christopher. Dylan is starting his career in architecture, practicing in Seattle with Hewitt Architects. Chris is finishing his film internship with a production firm in Los Angeles and will graduate from Emerson College in Boston next month.

Dr. Glosecki's father, Andy Glosecki, preceded him in death in 1993. In addition to his family, he is survived by his mother, Edith Crossland Glosecki of Springfield; brother, Mike Glosecki of Los Angeles; sisters, Susanne Burton of London and Patricia Hunter of Seattle; many other family members and an extended family of friends and colleagues who will greatly miss him. In lieu of other remembrances, the family requests that contributions in memory of Stephen O. Glosecki be directed to UAB Division of Hematology/Oncology, The Kirklin Clinic, 2000 Fifth Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Monday, April 9, 2007, from noon until 2 p.m. followed by a funeral service at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Services are under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel, (205) 879-3401, in Homewood.

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