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Thurow, Glen Edward Passed away Oct. 7, 2010. Born April 14, 1940 in Montana to Willis and Alice Thurow, Glen had degrees from Williams and Harvard. Teaching at the University of Dallas from 1974-2008, he wrote on the American founding, civil rights, the Presidency, and Lincoln. Chair of Politics, Graduate Dean, Provost, and then Faculty Senate Chair, he was known for his gentle prudence, and respected and loved by students and colleagues as a model of understanding, humor, and civility. He is survived by his wife Sarah, his children Calan, Aaron, Jessica and their spouses, grandchildren Devin and Lydia, and brothers, Lester and Charles. The funeral Mass is 10/18 at 2p.m., at St. Mary the Virgin, 1408 N. Davis Dr., Arlington, TX 76012. Visitation is 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday 10/17, with rosary at 3 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Dr., Arlington, TX, 76012. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Dallas or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.




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Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 17, 2010.
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November 15, 2011
I was a student in many of Dr. Thurow's classes, and he served as one of my dissertation readers. I learned so much from him. His Lincoln and Republic classes were excellent. A true gentleman and a scholar. RIP
Bruce Newman
November 15, 2011
I fondly remember Glen Thurow in his Rhetoric and Statesmanship class,There was a rather heated debate concerning moral aspects of the Civil War.I being from the north in passion and ignorance blurted out the north was triumphant in the conflict.Dr. Thurow's reply changed my heart and mind when he said,gently-"Oh, now we're talking about who won?" His tone wasn't condesending or malicious but courageous and edyfying,he was simply a great teacher and I'll remember that lesson for the rest of my life.Thank You, Glen Thurow for the gift of yourself and your gentle wisdom and kindness to me and all those students you cared for and helped.Thank you,Dr.Glen Thurow,May God Bless You forever in peace. Thank you, Mrs. Sarah Thurow for you share many of his qualities with your family.
Robert Howes
November 11, 2011
My favorite memory comes from my first term teaching. At SUNY a professor had to be heavily armed with proofs and every sort of legal hedge before confronting a student with plagiarism, and the main question in the administrators' minds was whether or not the student would sue if a professor found dishonesty. So I came into his office with a sheaf of proof and records of the meeting with the student, armed and ready for an administrative stonewall to preserve them from the trouble of teaching students integrity. I presented the whole dossier to him and finished, "So, what's the next move?" Glen leaned back in his chair and looked at me meditatively. "Well," he said, in those rich gentle tones, "our first concern of course is the moral development of this young man." I was exultant; I hadn't heard anything like that from a college in fifteen years. And then Glen was as good as his word; in my sight he brought the boy to repentance and tears. What a teacher; what a man to form souls.
Bernadette Waterman Ward
November 8, 2011
I can still hear his voice in the last class I took with him on Lincoln. God bless you, Dr. Mrs. Thurow, until you see him again.
Tui Marie Bombeck
November 8, 2011
Dr. Thurow came to UD my first year, and was one of my major professors. His thoughtful observations and teaching methods, interspersed with his always-unexpected wry sense of humor and wide smile, assured me that Politics could be both intellectual and interesting. I can picture him now in a stimulating conversation with St. Peter. Go forth (not rest) in peace.
Anthony McFarland
November 7, 2011
Glen Thurow's qualities as a human being, scholar, and administrator made him one of the very best professors and provosts UD ever had. His wise guidance helped steer the school through some very rough waters. May he rest in peace.
Fr. James Lehrberger
November 5, 2011
Dr. Thurow was my advisor. This was during a time that he was extremely sick so I was never able to spend much time with him but the few minutes I did get to share with him were filled with unparalleled guidance. I am glad to say that I know Dr. Thurow. May he rest in forever peace.
Jerome Greener
November 4, 2011
RIP, Dr. Thurow.
Denis Ambrose
November 4, 2011
I had the good fortune to take one class with Dr. Thurow, a small seminar on Francis Bacon. Thurow showed himself to be thoughtful and patient, with the proper mixture of boldness and caution in his study of difficult texts - a model of excellent teaching. May he rest in peace.
James Guest
November 4, 2011
One of the best courses I ever took at UD was the one Dr. Thurow taught on Abraham Lincoln. Even though he defended Lincoln from his opponents on both the Right and the Left, he encouraged us to make our own arguments and was always good about helping us to refine them so we could become better writers and thinkers. I'll always be grateful to him for that.

Glen, along with his parents and brothers, are still well remembered and regarded up here in Montana and all who knew him were saddened at his passing. I'm now a journalist in the town where he graduated from high school (at the top of his class, naturally) and I wrote my column a month ago on the anniversary of his passing, about some of the lessons he taught me that weren't just academic. I'm not sure what he'd say about my ending up here when he worked so hard to get out, but I hope I'm carrying on what I learned from him in my own small way.

Rest in peace, Dr. Thurow.
James Rosien
November 4, 2011
I've known about Glen's death for several months now. So my mourning is over and I only have a smile on my face as I write this.

People here have spoken of his kindness, gentlemanliness, and humor--and he had all of those things in abundance. But the word "kindness" doesn't quite catch how he once fought on my behalf to ensure that I got a unanimous decision for an oral exam (there was a hold out :) ). It did nothing for him; but it certainly encouraged me. "Gentlemanliness" doesn't quite capture the quality of the recipe for French bread he gave me. And "humor" doesn't quite get the nuances of his clever wit.

Glen was special, and he taught me many things. But of all my teachers, he wast the most influential in teaching me how to be a teacher myself.

(And even this he did gently and with great wit. But details would be inappropriate here.)

My most cherished memory is the "tut tut" he wrote on a rough draft of my dissertation. The comment captures Glen Thurow brilliantly. Had I been a smarter man, I would have saved that page and framed it.

For now, it is just a memory. And it is a memory that makes me smile. Glen Thurow was one of the most influential men in my life (a Doktorvater in every sense of the word). And that "tut tut" says it all.

May he rest in peace, and may Sarah live the rest of her days in happiness, remembering how special their love was, and how special their lives have been to students like me.

But mostly, may his children and grandchildren read this guest book some day and realize that Glen had an influence beyond that of less kind, less gentlemanly, and less humorous men.

He was, above all, a true teacher.

And BTW, IMHO: his book on Lincoln is still the best thing ever written on Lincoln, period. You might have to read between the lines a bit....
Jeff Stone
November 4, 2011
Dr. Thurow was a truly exceptional man. In remembering his contributions to each of us, I am reminded of a quote from Pericles as recorded by Thucydides: "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." By this measure, Dr. Thurow led a successful life. He will be greatly missed.
John McCaa
November 3, 2011
I count myself very lucky to have taken Dr. Thurow's Rhetoric and Statesmanship class in the early 90's. To have his brilliant book on the subject as well as original texts to study provided the best understanding of the subject. He was a brilliant scholar and professor. May he rest in eternal peace. Susan McCalla, BA Politics 1992
Susan McCalla
November 3, 2011
Dr. Thurow was one of the most brilliant, patient and kindest professors I ever met. Wish more had his demeanor.
Jack Walker
November 3, 2011
Anne Marie Streett
November 3, 2011
Nobody, and I mean nobody, could teach Rousseau like him. He was by turns fascinating, humorous, insightful, and inspiring. A true scholar, to be missed by many.
Adam Cook
November 2, 2011
I was one of the last people to have the honor of taking a class with Dr Thurow. I was a freshman when I took a class on Civil Rights with him and I can honestly say that I was blown away by the depth of Dr Thurow's lessons and his wit. He was a good man and a brilliant one as well. My class mates and I fondly remember him still.
Daniel Arevalo
November 2, 2011
Dr. Thurow brought Aristotle's Politics to life for me back in the early 90s. To this day, I hold close what I learned from him and I have gone back to it time and again, even up to a class I am taking now.

On a personal level, I got to know the Thurow family well when I helped out at their house in my senior year. It was a pleasure to be around such a close-knit and loving family, especially since I was so far away from my own. My condolences to all of you. I will never forget him.
Erika (Tobiassen) Place
November 2, 2011
Well, I can't say it better than my classmates, Mat Bregande and John Posey already have so I will just reiterate that Dr. Thurow is remembered as an excellent teacher, scholar, and gentleman. He, with his colleagues, inspired me and have continued to inspire me.

The Polis is better thanks to Dr. Thurow. May he rest in peace.
Matthew Chellis
November 2, 2011
Dr. Thurow is remembered as an excellent teacher, scholar, and gentleman. He, with his colleagues, inspired me and have continued to inspire me. Dr. Thurow played a large role in my choosing to major in Politics. His wit and wisdom shines on us forever, and his smile is unforgetable. He shared his knowledge, as do all professors, unselfishly. Dr. Thurow gave us courage and made us proud to be Americans.
Mat Bregande
November 2, 2011
Dr. Thurow was a wonderful professor. I enjoyed his classes, and came to appreciate his wit as I learned to catch on.

A favorite response from Dr. Thurow when a student volunteered something particularly inept was, "I had not thought of it in that way." Of course, he had thought of the subject a great deal, and therefore one could read, in the unspoken message, that if the thought had not occurred to him, it was probably off the mark.

My condolences to all those who will miss him.
Chris Borse
November 2, 2011
I will always remember my Xenophon class back in 2004. Glen, I will miss you. God bless you.
James Gabele
November 2, 2011
Paul Diduch
November 2, 2011
I took courses from Dr. Thurow from '78 to '83. I haven't spoken with him since then, and yet felt great pain at this news. Like so many other consolers, I immediately felt the loss of his kindness and gentleness, gifts I needed at that time. My heart hurts for you, Sarah, and his family.

I suspect I had a course with him during almost every semester of my five years. Rather than lecture, or use the Socratic method, he would discuss and share. His teaching style seemed organic, in that it would sprout at the beginning of class, and we would watch it grow through the period. Often, he would show his wry humor, and clearly was amusing himself as much as us. It's so valuable to learn from someone who clearly enjoys his work.

In many classes, he would wander around while talking, and after saying or hearing something funny, would stop in front of the window, gazing out and thinking for several minutes. He was not self conscious as we would wait for him to resume, so we could find out what was going on under that shock of disheveled hair.

After my undergrad degree, I met with Dr. T, and told him I wanted to stay for another year. I felt I needed it (the MA program) because I was a slow learner. He found the money to fund that degree, and since I had a young family, it was a kindness indeed.

All my prayers are with you.
Jeff Patterson
November 1, 2011
I'll forever remember Glen's mastery of so many varied and eclectic things, his incredible intelligence, passion for everything he involved himself in (rarely outwardly apparent, but boy, it was there!) and A VERY SNEAKY sense of humor... which you underestimate at your own peril! I have of him about 6 snapshots in my mind's eye that I instantly recall when I think of him: at the podium at my commencement ceremony at UD, asking him if I could borrow two of his PDQ Bach CDs, asking him if I could borrow his daughter, Glen and Jess down the aisle, playing with Dev on the beach, and some random time when he MacGyvered a fix for a door Jess and I ruined in one of our old apartments. He's the only person I know who could deep-fry lamb tastefully, and tastefully. Don't even get me started on the trains, or our shared passion for putting speakers everywhere, or when he'd randomly decide to sit down at the piano, open some music and go at it. It's so much-- I'm very fortunate to have known him like I have.
Pierre Dupree
October 31, 2011
Positano, June 2002
Calan Thurow
October 31, 2011
Calan, Mignon, Aaron, Pierre, Jessica, Devin, Glen, Sarah
Calan Thurow
October 31, 2011
Hearing the news that Devin was on the way
Calan Thurow
October 31, 2011
Thanksgiving 2006
Calan Thurow
October 25, 2011
„Niemand, den man liebt, ist jemals tot.“
Ernest Miller Hemingway

Wir trauern um einen wunderbaren Menschen, den wir zusammen mit Dir, liebe Sarah und Euren Kindern im Jahre 2002 bei uns in Falkensee als Gast aufnehmen durften.
Bald darauf habt Ihr uns ganz herzlich nach Rom eingeladen und wart uns dort liebevolle Gastgeber.
Wir haben Glen als einen klugen, verständnisvollen und sehr liebenswürdigen Menschen kennen gelernt und werden die Begegnungen mit ihm nicht vergessen.

Maria-Elisabeth und Winfried Seidl, Falkensee, Deutschland, 25. Okt. 2011
October 12, 2011
On a Christmas visit to Houston in the perhaps 1974, Glen, Sarah, Steve and I went to the arboretum for a walk. I was admiring the "house plants" that grew outdoors in Texas. A papyrus plant particularly fascinated me. Glen bent over and snapped off a piece, saying, "It was broken already!" ;) I still have the papyrus growing in our house as do several friends and family members, all from that "broken stem" almost 40 years ago!
Rachel Baumgartner
October 7, 2011
Devin and his Granddaddy
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
The grandparents with Devin
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Sarah and Glen wine tasting in Santa Ynez
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Glen with Calan and Aaron in Colorado
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Sarah and Glen in Colorado
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Jessica and Pierre's Wedding
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Picking Blackberries
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Oregon with Jessica and Sarah
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Aaron and Mignon's Wedding
J Dupree
October 7, 2011
Sorry for Glen, another good heart is away - my deep condolence to you and all your family.
Sorry for Glen for his sufferings and that he couldn´t see little Lydia. It was good that both grandchildren, Devin and Lydia were for his funeral and burial.
He was an exceptional good man.
I met Sarah and Glen in Prague during their visit there in 2002, the next year in 2003 I had the honour to visit them in Rome. I'll always remember this unforgettable stay there.
Though the body be gone, Glen's spirit
and soul lives eternally!
I will never forget Glen, his kindness and good heart.

Zorka Michalová, Praha, Czechoslovakia
October 6, 2011
Glen fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. One could do no better.
Jo Ann & Louis Gasper
October 5, 2011
My wife, Marilyn and I wish to share with you our fondness for Glen and Sarah.
The kindness and friendship given to us will always be a blessing and a wonderful memory. We met Sarah and Glen
when they moved to Port Orford, Oregon.
I have always believe that when you journey to another place you don't necessarily leave those behind, but you take people's spirits and soul with you
wherever you go. The people that Glen
and Sarah worked with and so admired was felt in their countenance and the wisdom and joy they shared with their
new friends here in Oregon.

I good it was to have conversations with Glen,what a man, what a teacher, and servant of God.

We were also blessed to meet their family. I know that all who have been taught and touched by Glen and Sarah
that we more enriched by their presence
and friendship.

Though the body be gone, Glen's spirit
and soul lives eternally!

Thank you to all who continue to hold
the Thurow family in your thoughts, prayers, and hearts. You are appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Reverend Timothy and Marilyn Carraher
Port Orford, Oregon 97465
August 13, 2011
Though I had known Glen from the moment he and Sarah arrived at UD, I never got a chance to share with him the many interests we had in common: calligraphy, carpentry, model trains, and countless intellectual matters that we were looking forward to collaborating on at some point. He asked me to take over the library thirteen years ago, and if I am still at it--after telling myself that I would not be in charge for more than a year or two--that is testimony to the rightness of what seemed at the time an odd choice.
He was a gentle, quiet, unassertive, modest man who deserves much credit for the way that he handled administrative tasks in an unobtrusive and yet highly effective manner. It is almost paradoxical that he gained such a wide hearing for his notion of the "rhetorical presidency," among his many scholarly contributions to political theory and thought, because his leadership was far from being merely "rhetorical." He understood responsibility on all levels and exercised it wisely.
We were born only a couple of weeks apart, so I feel a special sense of loss as a close contemporary as well as a grandparent who, for all too brief a time, shared a common grandson--our first grandchild in both cases--with him. May he be remembered always.
Robert Dupree
July 27, 2011
I took Dr. Thurow for five classes during my original stint at the University of Dallas, 1983-1989. I was a classmate of John Posey, who was the first to write here.

I thoroughly enjoyed his classes. Not only was Dr. Thurow a very good teacher, who was knowledgable and could answer any question, but he was also very humble and kind.

When I came back to school 20 years later, Dr. Thurow was happy to write a recommendation for me.

I will never forget Dr. Thurow.
Jack Walker
April 6, 2011
Condolences Sarah and family
Elaine Hannan Yard
March 23, 2011
Why, after nearly a half century, I finally "googled" Glen's name, I'll never know. But I did and the news was sad.

Like Glen, I headed off to Harvard to study and get a Ph.D in Government in 1962. There, I met Glen, and we became good friends.

In the summer of 1963, Glen and I found ourselves with "summer jobs" in Washington, thanks to the Kennedy Administration's push to interest smart kids in public service. Mine was with the Department of the Navy. I don't remember who Glen worked for.

As matters developed, Glen and I wound up renting an apartment together in Washington that summer. It was in the "N.W." section of the District on Newton in what was then a somewhat "iffy" neighborhood. We found the place filled with cockroach's which we eventually got used to. Indeed, we made a bit of a game out of spraying them with something and watching them roll over tne die! (I'm ashamed to admit this, but I'm afraid it was true.)

Behind us and down a hill was a street called "Ingleside Terrace." It was an even rouger location than the street on which we lived. At night (especially Saturday nights) and other time, we heard a continuing barrage of curses, catcalls, fights, drunken shouting matches, violence, and worse! We came to call it "the chorus of Ingleside Terrace."

In August of that year (as you may know), the great "March on Washington" was held to support the civil rights mpvement. Many of our friends from Cambridge came down to join the march; those who did were treated to a concert of great songs and a series of great speeches. The most famous and enduring of these was, of course, Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech which I and the others had the honor of hearing afresh with their own ears.

I do not honestly remember if Glen was with me that day, but I think he must have been. I probably don't remember because one of our visitors and marchers was one Patricia McKillop who I met on March 29, and married on December 21 of that year! And I only had eyes for her! By the way, she remains my wife today.

Glen and I returned to Cambidge at the end of the summer, resumed our studies, and continued to be friends. But events gradually drew us apart. I soon moved out of the campus dorms and in with my new wife. More importantly, I grew disillusioned with the study of politics and, after passing my General Exams in the Spring of 1964, I transfered to Harvard Law School where I took on a whole, new course of studies and prepared for an entirely different type of life.

Somehow in those later years I completely lost touch with Glen, a fact which I deeply regret. I remember him well, though, as a kindly, quiet, reserved fellow with a good brain and a great sense of humor. I liked him, and I think he liked me. I regret his passing.

But not all the news in Glen's obit was sad. I was pleased to note that he had married Sarah Thurow and had children. He seems to have been a warm and wonderful teacher, certainly no surprise. He remained a good man, apparently, for all his days.

So farewell, Glen. I (a Catholic like you became) will see you in the Afterlife. To Sarah and the children, all my best and my hope that these sad days will not linger long. God bless!
Mike Ash
February 4, 2011
I'm still gathering my thoughts about Glen. It was just wonderful being around him. He loved learning, was always eager to talk about books, and I admired the sincere interest he took in the life of the University and the people that compose it.

I have so much scattered throughout my journals that I'm struggling to put together. I feel the best tribute is to just talk about Lincoln, rhetoric and statesmanship and carry on the work he engaged in. But there are so many "little" things to add: what makes good Italian food, what makes good classical music (Mozart), what makes bad classical music (Handel), what makes great style in English (Francis Bacon, Hobbes), what Buffalo was like in the 70's...

Those sorts of things aren't "little." They're the mark of an educated, concerned mind. They're the mark of a mind one can admire. It's very difficult for me to talk about Glen to the people who knew him. There's something that happens when you've learned so much from someone that you're tongue-tied, stung by the stingray as it were. But I'll get a full account of my years learning from him together sometime.

It is much easier for me to do as I'm doing now and tell the undergrads about him. Tell them how and what I learned about the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural. Discuss with them the importance of Bacon's "New Atlantis" and Spinoza's "Emendation of the Intellect." Show them how careful a writer the later Jefferson was (evidenced by his epitaph).

I miss Glen. I'm realizing now part of the reason why I don't talk about him as much as I think I should is because I'm sharing what he gave me. I don't plan on stopping that sharing any time soon.
Ashok Karra
February 1, 2011
Sarah--I was looking up your address and just found out about Glen. He was so helpful and influential in my life that I could hardly believe this. I wish that I had said even more than I did that I was very grateful. He is everything people are saying he is. I enjoyed being with you as well, so I know a little what has taken place in your heart. Just think of me as a small part of your legacy.
All the best -- Stan Oakes
Stan Oakes
December 9, 2010
Jessica, I wrote your mother a long letter shorty after your Dad's death expressing my love and admiration of him. Now to you. What a wonderful legacy you have from Glen. You will pass this on to your son and he will pass it on to his son, etc.... Glen will live through them forever. My love, Cherie Clodfelter
December 6, 2010
Dear Sarah:

Sorry to hear about Glen. I regarded him as one of the most fair-minded members of the faculty, having his own preferences but by no means ideologically closed. He was also the most helpful in delibertions regarding university policy. I was sad to see him retire and sadder still to hear he has left us for now. I'm sure we will be seeing him again, at least within the next twenty years.

Bob
Robert Wood
December 2, 2010
Dr. Thurow was simply a great man.

May God continue to bless his family.
Bill Shoemaker
December 1, 2010
I had Dr. Thurow as a freshman for Civil Rights and 4 years later, he and his class still stand out in my mind as one of the best classes I've taken in my UD career. My friends and I still quote him and his jokes, but more importantly we remember what he taught us. I only remember having missed one day of his class (I was ill) and I truly feel that a missed class was missing out on an opportunity to learn from a wonderful teacher. Thank you, Dr. Thurow for sharing your gifts with your students. You are certainly missed and forever remembered.
Molly O
November 15, 2010
Sarah: Glenn, your gentle man, no longer here, but in the arms of our Master. May you find God's peace and comfort in the coming days..call if you need me.
mary colozzi
November 9, 2010
Dearest Sarah
There are no words to express my sadness for you and your children with the loss of Glen. I will certainly keep each of you in prayer for God's comfort and peace through this most difficult time. God bless you.

Love

Susan G
Susan Gifford
November 6, 2010
Glen was one of the great bright spots for me in my twenty-four years at UD, from the time of my initial interview, through my stints in both Irving and Rome. Glen was a model colleague and friend, and I always admired his intellect, his learning, his generous and yet rigorous judgment of people, and – of course – his wonderful wit and sense of humor. Perhaps above all, I admired his speaking ability, for it incorporated all of the preceding qualities, not least the humor.

He made my time on the Irving campus much richer, his support and prudent counsel enabled me to do a much better job in Rome than would have been possible were he not the Provost, and his company on Lake Grapevine was certainly more pleasant than the sailing itself. Even Rome became richer when he was on hand. When I miss UD, as I often do, he is a chief reason I do so. My sorrow at his passing is at least somewhat attenuated by the great gratitude I feel for having known him.
Wayne Ambler
November 5, 2010
Dear Sarah,
We were saddened to hear that Glen passed away. Atlee and I send our deepest sympathies. Know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Much love, Nicole
November 1, 2010
Dear Sarah,

My condolences to you and your children on the loss of Dr. Thurow.

Wish you all peace,
Marianne
Marianne Carello
November 1, 2010
was his great sense of humor, even while he & Art collaborated to get a tree limb off your roof after a "straight line wind." You welcomed us to Texas as enthusiastically as we welcomed you to Oregon. We are so very pleased he was well enough to be with us in August and that the two of you enjoyed a great last few days together. I will miss his great sense of humor, twinkling blue eyes, and infectious smile. Our arms are around you always. Love, Carol
November 1, 2010
Carol Winward
November 1, 2010
Glen and me at the Port - taken by the Criders
Sarah Thurow
November 1, 2010
Oregon 2010
Sarah Thurow
November 1, 2010
Barbara Breuer
November 1, 2010
Sarah, You and Glen modeled joy, teamwork and respect in marriage for us, and Glen's wonderful bread inspired me to learn how to bake my own. We're very sorry to hear of your family's loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Erzsi & Bob Bloemer
November 1, 2010
Dear Sarah,

I am very sad to hear of Glen's passing. He was truly a good man and a pleasure to work for. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Catherine Carello Hourican
October 31, 2010
Glen in his office in the Politics Department
Sarah Thurow
October 26, 2010
Sarah, so sorry to hear the news about Glen. I know he enjoyed Oregon and spent his last days where he wanted to be. Appreciated your letter and want you to know that we care. Enjlyed the visit I had with him a few months back. Love, Marcia Sawyer, North Texas Myeloma Support Group
Marcia Sawyer
October 22, 2010
Sarah, Calan,Aaron and Jessica,
I just heard of Glen's passing today. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Glen was such a good, gentle, nice person.
Bill Eldridge
Bill Eldridge
October 17, 2010
Dr. Thurow did such an amazing job as a teacher, He combined incredible knowledge with humor and a love of teaching. He made the material clear and interesting. Taking his class my freshman year solidified my decision to declare a politics major, a decision that I have never regretted. He and his family are in my prayers.
M B
October 17, 2010
He was such a kind and good professor. And so patient with students whose passions were less controlled than his own. We used to joke about that messy mop of curls on his head but never with anything bus respect. I knew and respected him before I even got to UD because my Harvard educated grandfather considered it proof that I was in good hands that the Politics department was headed by a man in crimson. But he was so much more than an intellectual. He was truly a good man. May he rest in peace.
Joe Arlinghaus
October 17, 2010
For most of my time at UD, Glen was the provost and it was a great consolation that he was. He was wise and reasonable and great fun to work with. He could be counted upon to defend the good and the true. And what a wry sense of humor! He was behind a lot of the best projects that happened at UD, among them The Center for Christianity and Common Good. Lots of great lectures and events happened because of his leadership. I remembered when he agreed to moderate a debate between myself and Charles Curran. He was not yet a Catholic but yet showed such interest in the event. I am very grateful to have known him and to have worked with him. I am so sorry for the loss the family must be experiencing.
Janet Smith
October 17, 2010
Glen was my Provost, my colleague, and my friend, and he was by far the most prudent person I have ever known. All the while understanding the fullest character of the liberal education we offer at UD, he knew how to lead teachers in providing it: by respecting us, by supporting us--even by teasing us. A whole generation of faculty members benefited from that educational vision and practical wisdom, and he left the university better than he found it. May he know that he was and is loved by his colleagues, and may he find the peace that surpasses understanding.
Scott Crider
October 16, 2010
Dr. Thurow agreed to be the first reader of my doctoral dissertation on John Locke in 1991. I learned much from him about social contract thinkers, and I am indebted to him for his advice and commitment to me. Like others, I remember his gentleness, his humor, and his smile. My family and I will remember him in our prayers. May he forever rest in God's peace.
-- Michael Pennell, MA '89, Ph.D. '95
Michael Pennell
October 15, 2010
I was a student of Dr. Glen Thurow during my time at the University of Dallas from 1983-1989. I learned so much from him. I learned about Lincoln, Churchill, and Aristotle. Dr. Thurow did not teach us about these men just so we could learn about famous dead people. Instead he taught us in a way that we could understand their political thought because he knew their political thought was both brilliant and relevant to todays world. I learned about the prudence and true statesmanship exhibited by these men. I learned that the founders of our country were not the mean spirited people that many outside of UD portray them to be. I learned an enormous amount about Constitutional Law. Our country would be a better place if he tought that course in law schools.

Dr. Thurow was a terrific speaker. He was easy to follow, witty, extremely intelligent, thorough, and blunt. I remember after one conference I temporarily lost my wits and said "Glen, that was scathing!" In his spare time (how did he have any?) he helped our pro-life group, including presenting at an event featuring "The Silent Scream", the newly released film of an unborn child seen through an ultrasound.

A year after I left UD and temporarily fell on hard times he gave me a great pep talk on the phone and offered to help me out.

My prayers go out for him and his wonderful wife Sarah and their children. UD has lost a true teacher.

John Posey, UD Politics Class of '87 and '89
John Posey
October 14, 2010
I will be forever grateful and indebted to Dr. Thurow for his firm yet gentle guidance of our 1980 U.D. class of Political Philosophy majors, to whom he cautioned: "The world out there doesn't share your beliefs." How true. Yet, in this age of relativism, truth is often the best company one can keep. Thank you Dr. Thurow, God bless and may you rest in peace. Paul G. Danaher
October 13, 2010
"One could not have asked for more gentle nor more incisive guidance. How does one express his debt to a true teacher?" said about a teacher by Glen Thurow and yet so easily applies to Glen Thurow. I will miss you and think of you often.
Rudy Hernandez
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