Robert Glatzer

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GLATZER, Robert Anthony
(Age 78)
May 19, 1932-October 15, 2010

Bob was born in New York City to Harold and Glenna Glatzer. He attended Little Red Schoolhouse, Elizabeth Irwin High School and Haverford College. Bob kvelled in his Jewish heritage.

He worked in NYC in advertising and directed films, including “Friendly Game,” which the Defense Dept. purchased for many years and used as a primer on race relations. He wrote the book, “The New Advertising” in 1970. He made numerous film documentaries on artisans, working Americans, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the mall. He came to Spokane to direct the Expo 74 Folklife Festival, where he met Mary Ann Murphy. They married in 1977 and raised their family on the banks of the Spokane River in Peaceful Valley.

Bob contributed to the Spokane community as an advocate for arts organizations and a lively film critic for KPBX, originating Movies 101 and publishing “Beyond Popcorn: A Critic’s Guide to Looking at Films” in 2001. He was the founding Artistic Director for the Spokane International Film Festival.

Bob also offered political commentary on the radio for the past two years on KYRS and in previous years with Mike Fitzsimmons on KXLY, rendered faithfully from his leftist progressive principles. Bob was always willing to speak truth to power and enriched Spokane’s civic discourse by his fearless candor and probing analysis.

Bob’s finest hours and most satisfying achievements were as a husband to Mary Ann and father to Gabriela Scully, Jessica Lysons and Nicholas Glatzer. He cherished them beyond all measure. His warm embrace extended to Jessica’s husband, Miles P. Finley and their soon-to-be-born baby (“The Fonz” in utero) and Gaby’s husband, Bill, and grandchildren Nora, Glen and Adam Scully. Bob’s first marriage was to Paula Glatzer, who has generously served as the “New York City mom” to Nick and Jessica in addition to her own Gaby.

Bob’s brother, Hal Glatzer, and his wife, Kathy Frankovic, live in Hilo, Hawaii, where they have the temerity to star in a community theater production of “Sound of Music” despite Bob’s scathing review of the film version as the “worst musical of all time.”

Bob held dear all of his extended family and friends-----you know who you are and how deeply he heard you.

Our friend Richard Baldasty wrote a telling profile of Bob: “It’s so good to think of him in his particularity, his utter distinctiveness of personality, how he never was less than who he wasâ€"that there was, for which we thank him, no Bob Lite, no airbrushed version....Bob never was compelled to be without his voice and his intelligence---and by his voice I mean not only the precise way one can hear him thinking through his words but also the full melodiousness of his intonation.”

A celebration of Bob’s life is planned for the early evening of Monday, November 1, at the Magic Lantern Theatre, Saranac and Community Buildings, West 25-35 Main. Friends are encouraged to bring a favorite culinary creation and Bob story. More information at

Published in Spokesman-Review from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2010