Glenda "Nana-WaWa" LENTZ

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LENTZ, Glenda "Nana-WaWa", age 79, died November 23, 2012 at her home in Tampa, Florida. Glenda was preceded in death by her mother, father and sister when she was 10 years of age and subsequently her brother, Wilbur. She is survived by her three sons, Glenn of Las Vegas, NV, Keith and his wife, Allison of Tampa, and Kevin of St. Louis, MO. She is also survived by the "wind beneath her wings" grandsons, Alex and Justin; sister, Freda Aman of Tampa; and Marilyn Roberts, her cousin who grew to be her sister, of Brandon. Glenda attended Florida State University but graduated with the charter class at the University of South Florida, earning BA and MA degrees there. She taught school for five years before joining USF, where she directed the Student Career Center for 24 years. In 1976 she was one of the first graduates to be named an Outstanding Alumni. She had a distinguished career in Student Career Services. As a result of her national recognition as a leader in her field, she was away on leave from USF in 1979 to serve as a special assistant to the Chief of Branch, Co-op Office in the Department of HEW in Washington, DC. She was the first woman to serve as president of the Cooperative Education Association, and in 1982 was awarded the Prestigious Dean Herman Schneider Award. She served as president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, and was awarded the Ajax-Griffin Distinguished Service Award, the highest award presented by that organization. In 1990 she was awarded the John T. Brownlee Leadership Award by the FCEP Association. She also served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Glenda is in Who's Who of American Women 1983-84. She consulted with colleges and universities throughout the United States, helping them establish or strengthen their career programs. In 1992 she moved to Pasadena, California to take a position as Section Manager, Staffing and Professional Development, with Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While she enjoyed a distinguished professional career, the love and joy her life was her loving family, friends and her Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church family, most notably the Wayne Fowler family. She admitted that the love she felt for her family and friends was returned to her threefold. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mount Enon Cemetery Memorial, PO Box 326 Plant City FL 33564 or Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa FL 33618. A visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 27 from 6-8pm at Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel, and a funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 10am at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Mount Enon Cemetery, Plant City, Florida.

Published in TBO.com on Nov. 25, 2012
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