Harry Glenn

Piscataway, New Jersey


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He Pursued His Dream
Harry Glenn was the pride of his family, the fourth of five boys, the son who said he was going to college to learn all about computers, and then went and did it. Mr. Glenn's father, Roosevelt, loved to brag about his boy Harry, 38, how he kept his promise and how he managed to get a good job looking after Marsh & McLennan's elaborate network of computers. "A lot of people didn't believe he could come out of Harlem and do as well as he did," Mr. Glenn said. "But Harry had a goal that he set for himself, and he followed it. I don't think he had any idea how many people were proud of him."

Mr. Glenn continues to hope that his son's body will be found amid the ruins of the World Trade Center. He hopes for that day, just as he does for the day when he can forget what he saw on television on Sept 11. "I stopped watching the news. But I don't think I'm ever going to get seeing that plane hit his building out of my mind. It just won't go away."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 3, 2001.

Harry Glenn, 38, father figure on the block

It took a week for Sharon Glenn to tell her 7-year-old, Jalen, that his father had died in the World Trade Center attacks.

For several days she had been telling him "Daddy had been hurt very badly and that we needed to pray," Glenn said.

"God only takes angels," Mrs. Glenn said of her 38-year-old husband Harry. "He was my hero and an angel . . . He was my best friend, my husband, my confidant, a great father."

And she knows Jalen will carry special memories for the rest of his life.

"They did family things. Harry made sure of that," Mrs. Glenn said, recalling the times father and son went on roller coasters.

Sharon met Harry Glenn while both were attending North Carolina Central University in Durham. They both graduated with business administration degrees.

Mr. Glenn, who was raised in New York City, moved to Piscataway in 1983 and began working for AT&T. He stayed there 14 years, earning senior management positions.

He left to take a position at Bankers Trust and then consulted for Sapient Corp. before being hired at Marsh & McLennan at the World Trade Center. He had been assistant vice president in the global technology service department.

"He was a very focused individual," Mrs. Glenn said. "A very hard worker . . . Everybody loved Harry. He just had that gift. He was always helping out."

He was not only a good father to his son, but a father figure to neighborhood children.

"He was a very good person to everybody. He spoke to everybody, he was a very warm person," said Susan Burwell, whose family lived next to the Glenns for seven years.

He volunteered in a black leadership mentoring program while at AT&T as well as other mentoring programs throughout his career.

New York City Police Officer Steven Mayfield was Mr. Glenn's best friend. They grew up in East Harlem and kept in touch.

Mayfield last saw Mr. Glenn about 11/2 weeks before the attacks. "He called me and said you have to come down so we can do lunch . . . We had the time of our life. We reminisced. We talked about everything under the sun," Mayfield said.

Mr. Glenn also is survived by his parents, Birdie and Roosevelt Glenn Sr.; four brothers, James Glenn, Franklin Murray, Roosevelt Glenn Jr. and Donald Glenn; his paternal grandmother, Fannie Glenn Trapp of the Bronx, and his maternal grandmother, Bertha Murray. All survivors reside in New York City.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 19 at North Stelton AME Church in Piscataway. Another is scheduled for 2 p.m., Oct. 20 at the Greater Emmanuel Baptist Church, 325 E. 118th St., New York City.

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RIP Never Will Forget. Continue to watch over Sharon,Jalen and the rest of our family.♥

Never forgotten. Continue to sleep in peace Harry.

Never Forgotten, Forever in our hearts. We miss and love you so, Harry. Jalen is pursuing his master's degree! What a humbled, loving soul he is, reminds me of you. Sweet sleep Harry, our Humble Hero.

RIP Harry G!!!! NCCU Class of 1983

Hey Harry. Another year has passed. Each year I become a better driver. Lol. Continue to sleep in peace. Always remembered.

Miss ya Harry G!

I thought of you yesterday and days before that too.
I think of you in silence as I often speak your name.
Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part.
God has you in His keeping. I have you in my heart.

I never knew you or any of your family. I was just 2 when the events of 9/11 happened but I just wanted to extend my hand in prayer to your family. I know that times get tough for them with you not here anymore but they will always remember you and the sacrifices you made for others and the times you made them all laugh. I was looking through the names on the panels and yours stuck out to me so I am here to say thank you for all that you did in your life!

Just lightening my candle will never forget. Heavens angel.❤

This time of year is still hard to take. You will forever be in my heart. You welcome me home when I come in and smile when I leave because there is a picture of you at my doorway been there for 13yrs. now. Heaven hug my nephew.