Dr. Robert Bruce "Bob" Glenn
1927 - 2018
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Glenn, Dr. Robert Bruce "Bob" Chelsea, MI Age 91, died peacefully after several months of loving care in the Assisted Living residence of the Silver Maples of Chelsea. Born July 9, 1927, in Kalamazoo to Winfield Church and Helen Grace (McCarty) Glenn, Robert was a 1945 graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and the first of his family to graduate from university, having paid his own way through school as an improvisational pianist for a dance band. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1950 with concentrations in Chemistry, German, and English studies; that same year he married co-ed and love of his life Rosemary Ann Kent. Robert spent one year as "the Worst Chemist in the World" before enrolling at the University of Michigan for graduate studies in English Language, Literature, and Linguistics. This time his tuition was paid by Rosemary's teaching salary, and he never forgot the debt he owed for her influence, good faith, and sacrifice toward his successes. In 1956 Robert began a career in higher education while also pursuing his PhD at the University of Michigan. He held professorships and administrative positions at Cortland State College (now SUNY Cortland) and the University of Michigan in Flint. In 1971, the Glenn familyby then encompassing daughters Tama Delne, Minde Char, and Deri Sabramoved to Marquette, MI ("heaven on earth"), where Dr. Glenn was named Professor of English and the Dean of Arts and Sciences for Northern Michigan University. The 'firing dean' kept his promises, his high standards, and his door open; within three years he was elevated to Provost and Academic Vice President, a post he maintained through 1984. With Rosemary's encouragement, Robert made the not-so-difficult decision to remain in his beloved Marquette rather than pursue a position of Provost at a larger university or a college presidency of his own. Instead, he served as Distinguished professor of English at NMU from 1984 until his retirement in 1997. Robert and Rosemary spent more than 40 years in Marquette, deeply involved in the life and worship of Marquette Presbyterian Church, avid sailors, arduous supporters of local artisans and musicians, and faithful officers of many civic and philanthropic causes to benefit the city they loved. Upon retirement, they discovered the joy of travel to historic places, art galleries and museums, and beautiful landscapes. Though they loved the deep snows of the U.P., Hawaii became their perennial winter favorite. Bringing their art collection with them, Robert and Rosemary sold their 'big' house and returned to the neighborhood of The Big House in 2013. Robert was delighted to attend five successive seasons of Michigan Wolverine home football games, walk the beautiful grounds of the Silver Maples Retirement Community, swim and steam at the Wellness Center, choose wines for fine dining with his wife and friends at Silver Maples, and to live in proximity to his family. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers-in-law Bill and Loren, his niece Joy, and his beloved daughter Minde (Cliff) Browning. He is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 68 years; dear daughters Tama (Andrew) Abel and Deri (David) Gray; sisters Jean (Loren) Warfield and Sallie (Jim) Platt; sister-in-law Charlene (Bill) Thompson; granddaughters Ashley and Sarah Gray; and several nieces, nephews, and their children. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Silver Maples of Chelsea, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118. The Rev. Jeff Crowder will officiate. Reception to follow. Interment will take place on a future date at First Presbyterian Church, Marquette, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Maples Silver Lining Fund or to the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.


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Published in Ann Arbor News from Dec. 5 to Dec. 9, 2018.
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December 17, 2018
Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.
December 14, 2018
He was one of my favorite patrons to swim at the PEIF Pool here on the campus at NMU. Every day he came in with a smile, with his goggles and headband on ready to jump in, and never forgot to greet me with the sweetest/most upbeat "Hello Kate". You could feel his kindness through each encounter, a truly great man. Rest in peace Dr. Glenn.
Katie Theut-Moe
December 11, 2018
O Captain my captain...my heart is heavy at your leaving... may favorable winds carry you to your next adventure.
Dr. Glenn was a professor of mine when I attended NMU from 1986-1995. His teaching and mentoring style were unique. He did not hand out compliments freely, so when you received a compliment from Dr. Glenn you knew you had done well. He always had time for his students and to his credit he always took the time to listen and then thoughtfully respond to any issue one laid at his feet. He was a large figure in my undergrad and graduate experiences at NMU and I will forever owe a debt of gratitude to him for seeing in me what I could not see in myself.
Christina Rencontre
December 10, 2018
He was a professor of mine at NMU. I will never forget his love of language. Prayers for the family.
Jill
December 10, 2018
I'm very sad to hear of Dr. Glenn's passing. As a student of his and then a Teaching Assistant in the English Department at NMU, I enjoyed getting to know him and appreciated how he was always so supportive of the students and graduate students. He always took the time to talk to us and encourage us and joke with us. I particularly remember one April Fool's Day joke in 1994 that he played a key role in. He was a wonderful and enthusiastic instructor and human being and will be much missed.
Tyler Tichelaar
December 10, 2018
It is never easy to lose a loved one. I pray you find comfort in God's promise found at John 6:40 which says that soon we will see our love ones again.
December 9, 2018
Our sincere condolences to the Glenn family in the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort you each day.
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