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Glen E. Gresham

February 24, 2016

Dr. Glen Gresham of Sanibel died February 24, 2016 in the loving care of the hospice staff at Shell Point. He is survived by Phyllis, his beloved wife of 58 years; children Stephen, David, Elizabeth and Jennifer; five grandchildren; and his sister Nancy.

Dr. Gresham attended Harvard College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, receiving his M.D. in 1958. He completed his residency and fellowship training in Cleveland and served for two years in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the CDC working on polio eradication and field trials of the new measles vaccine.

Dr. Gresham began his career in academic medicine at Case Western Reserve, then continued to the Ohio State University, Yale, Tufts and the University at Buffalo. In Boston, he was a leader in stroke outcome research in the Framingham Heart Study and served on a variety of federal task forces on stroke rehabilitation. In Buffalo, he developed the first spinal cord injury unit at the Erie County Medical Center, led program development for post-polio syndrome and traumatic brain injury, and served on the board of the Presbyterian Homes of Western NY.

Dr. Gresham was a Founding Fellow of the American Rheumatism Association, an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Throughout his career, Dr. Gresham authored a number of books and journal articles and lectured widely throughout the United States and Canada. He received numerous awards including the prestigious Walter P. Cooke Award from the Alumni Association of the University at Buffalo.

Glen and Phyllis retired in 1998 and became Sanibel residents in 2004. Glen was a volunteer for the Renaissance Academy, the "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, BIG Arts, FISH, the Zonta literacy project and the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club. He served as a Deacon at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ where he sang in the choir and was a Chair of the Music Committee. He was a supporter of the symphony and the opera and was a valued member of the board of the Harvard Club of Lee County. Glen supported both the annual Glen E. Gresham, MD Visiting Professorship in Rehabilitation and the Medical Emeritus Faculty Society at the UB School of Medicine. He also supported the Glen E and Phyllis K Gresham Endowment to the UB School of Nursing. In 2014, he established the Phyllis Kilmer Gresham Endowment Fund to support the Intern Program of the Native Plant Nursery at SCCF.

A memorial service to celebrate Glen's life will take place at 11am on March 19, 2016 at the Sanibel Congregational UCC. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to one of the organizations Glen cared about and supported.
Published in The News-Press on Mar. 1, 2016
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