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Glenn E. Halliday


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Glenn E. Halliday

Salem - 1927-2018. Glenn was born in Walla Walla, WA to Irl and Noma Terril Halliday. His father worked for the Guy F. Atkinson Construction Co. and due to the family's frequent moves, Glenn compiled a record of attending 12 schools in 12 years!

In 1943, Glenn's summer job was working on the secret "Hanford Project" which produced the plutonium used in the atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, Japan in August, 1945. Glenn worked on a survey crew at Hanford and earned more as a high school sophomore than he would after graduating from college! In 1945 Glenn graduated from Washington Union High School in Centerville (Fremont), California. He enlisted in the US Navy and was quickly flown to Hawaii where he served as a key punch operator at the Headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. In 1947 Glenn completed his service in the US Navy and returned to California on a very slow US Army troopship. This gave Glenn the distinction of having served two years in the Navy and never was aboard a US Navy ship.

Glenn used his WWII "GI Bill of Rights" to attend Willamette University in Salem, OR and the Univ. of California at Berkeley where he graduated in 1952 with a BA in Nuclear Physics. He met Barbara Kemmerich at Willamette and they married in Salem on Dec. 22, 1950. Glenn's career in Nuclear Physics took a detour when he was a new scientist at the Lawrence Livermore Nat. Laboratory. The Lab soon acquired one of the first "UNIVAC"computers and needed people to be "programmers." Because of Glenn's key punch experience in the Navy he was asked to train as a programmer. Glenn found this new technology to be a perfect fit and he had a 30-year career at UNISYS where he ultimately became a Software Designer. Upon retiring in 1985, Glenn and Barbara returned to Salem, Oregon where they lived in "Salemtowne" in West Salem, and later at Avamere Court at Keizer and Bonaventure Salem. Glenn and Barbara developed a lifelong interest in photographing wildflowers and this hobby continued into retirement, taking them throughout Oregon and farther destinations in the world. Glenn amassed a wildflower slide collection that numbered in the thousands. He donated his collection to the Oregon Flora Project located at Oregon State University. Retirement also allowed Glenn and Barbara, often with their two children, Mark and Karen, to enjoy independent travel, guided tours and cruises to Mexico, Central America, Cambodia, Europe and the USA.

Glenn passed away on August 6, 2018 after a brief illness. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 67 years, son Mark, and daughter, Karen. He was preceded in death by his three brothers: Leslie, Roger and Terry. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, A military service will be held at the Cemetery at a later date. Glenn's family would be honored if memorial contributions were made to Willamette University or the Nature Conservancy. Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Aug. 12, 2018
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