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Norval Dwight Glenn Ph.D.

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Norval Dwight Glenn, Ph.D. After a brave fight for his life, Norval lost his two and a half year battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) on February 15, 2011. He died peacefully at Seton Medical Center Williamson surrounded by his loved ones. Born on August 13, 1933 at the Glenn Ranch in Lea County, New Mexico, Norval attended school in Tatum, New Mexico and received a B.A. in Social Science from New Mexico State University. After serving in the Army for four years, Norval earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at Miami University in Ohio and University of Illinois in Urbana until 1964. That year he returned to teach in the Sociology Department at UT Austin where he remained on the faculty until his retirement in January 2011. Norval was the Ashbel Smith Professor, University of Texas since 1984 and Stiles Professor in American Studies, University of Texas since 1991. Norval was a nationally and internationally recognized sociologist, and his passing is a loss to the sociology research community. He had a distinguished career as a UT scholar and professor and excelled at his meticulous research. He was known for his kind, considerate, and fair manner; his devotion to his students; and his prolific publications. Norval was devoted to his scholarly life and his sociological research, which he loved to do and did so well. Throughout his career Norval had several research interests in which he distinguished himself, including social and cultural change, methods and survey data analysis, aging and the life cycle and ending with a focus on family and family policy research. Norval was the editor of Contemporary Sociology, 1978-1980, and the Journal of Family Issues, 1985-1989. Additionally, he served on the editorial boards of numerous other academic journals including; Contemporary Sociology, Journal of Family Issues, Social Science Quarterly, Demography, Public Opinion Quarterly, American Sociological Association Rose Monograph Series, Social Indicators Research, American Sociologist, Social Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Family Issues, and Social Science Research. During his long career Norval was awarded numerous awards including: the Distinguished Alumnus Award, New Mexico State University, 1988; the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award, University of Texas at Austin, 1993; Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship, an undergraduate teaching award, 2003; the Texas Council on Family Relations 2004 Moore-Bowman Award for outstanding achievement in the field of family relations; and the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences granted by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, 2007. Norval was preceded in death by his parents, William Noah Glenn and Edna Cochrain Glenn; sister, Dennis LaRue Glenn Fullingim; and nephew, Peyton Fullingim. He is survived by his wife and step-son, Grace G. Glenn and Erik A. Schmitt, both of Austin, brother-in-law, J. Worth Fullingim of Lubbock; and numerous cousins. The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses at Texas Oncology Seton Williamson and Seton Medical Center Williamson for the warm and loving care they provided Norval throughout his illness. Also, the family thanks Dr. David George for the excellent care that he provided and the kindness, understanding, and compassion that he always extended to Norval. Norval's life was extended as a result of the numerous units of blood and platelets that he received throughout his illness. Therefore, the family requests donations of blood or platelets be made in remembrance of Norval, in lieu of floral remembrances. Norval's ashes will be laid to rest at the Glenn Ranch in Lea County, New Mexico. Plans for a memorial service are pending. Guestbook available online at www.statesman.com/obituaries
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 17, 2011
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