John Philip Glaser
1949 - 2021
BORN
1949
DIED
2021

John Philip Glaser

1949 - 2021

John Philip Glaser passed away at his home in Napa on Monday morning, July 5th, 2021 after a 12-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was 72. The son of Barbara Miller Glaser and Joseph Glaser, John was born in Denver, Colorado on June 10th, 1949. He did his undergraduate studies in English Literature at Stanford University, where he met his wife Carol Glaser (née Boone). They married in 1972. Glaser earned a Masters in Education at Harvard University and a Doctorate of Education at UC Berkeley. From 2003 to 2010, Glaser served as the Superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District. While he was superintendent, the American Canyon High School was conceived and finished, a project that he held close to his heart.

He began his career in education, as well as his love of nurturing creativity in youth, as an English teacher at the Western Reserve Academy in Ohio and then went on to hold the position of Community Schools Director for the Manteca Unified School District. Glaser moved to Napa with his family in 1977 to direct Project Concerned, a program run by the County Office of Education that supported the training of retirees as tutors throughout Napa County. Soon after moving, he and Carol were among the founders of Sunrise Montessori in Napa. From 1980 to 1985 he served as the Principal of Temescal High School (now Valley Oak). He became the director of Employer-Employee Relations for the Napa Valley Unified School District in 1985 and, alongside diverse colleagues, established a precedent of equity and trust in district labor relations. In 1989, he was named Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the NVUSD.

In 1992, Glaser left the school district for 11 years to pursue work as a consultant, during which time he shared his approach to leadership with other school districts and cities. He was a founding member of CFIER (California Foundation for Improvement of Employer-Employee Relations) as well as Glaser and Associates, in which he worked side-by-side with Carol. They continued their work full-time until he returned to NVUSD as superintendent of schools. From 1998 to 2001, Glaser was an associate professor of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne's doctoral program. His book, Leading Through Collaboration: Guiding Groups to Productive Solutions, was published in 2004. Following his retirement as NVUSD Superintendent, Glaser continued to mentor superintendents throughout California as a facilitator and Policy Fellow with the California Superintendents Collaborative Network based at UC Davis. Glaser also worked on affordable housing with the City of Napa.

In both his career and his personal relationships, Glaser was deeply committed to effective problem solving, thoughtful listening and continued learning. His children, grandchildren and the many people he mentored throughout the years often sought his wise counsel and guidance. He will be remembered for his gentle way, his strong values, his fierce editing and his great sense of humor. A life-long swimmer, John was on the swim team at Stanford and loved the outdoors. He was an Eagle Scout and an appreciator of a good backpacking trip. He treasured his extended international family, from his Swedish AFS brother to the students he and Carol hosted in Napa.

He is survived by his wife Carol Boone Glaser, his sister Besty Nevin, his brother Jay Glaser, his daughters, Amelia Glaser and Bronwyn Glaser, his sons in law, Eran Mukamel and Tiziano Borgo, and his four grandchildren, Leila Glaser Borgo, Teo Glaser Borgo, Lior Glaser Mukamel, and Mirah Glaser Mukamel.

An outdoor, masked memorial service will take place on Monday, July 12th, 2021 at 10am, Tulocay Cemetery, Napa.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation https://themmrf.org.


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Published by Napa Valley Register on Jul. 8, 2021.
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Cathy Grimes & Rick Mellicker
July 17, 2021
I met John during my first year of teaching, at Salvador Elementary in Napa. I will never forget that he came into my class and although I did not know who he was, he quietly and respectfully observed my instruction and then wrote a wonderful note to me before he left. From that day on, John inspired me to be a better person and to be the best teacher I could be. I will always remember his kindness and support. He made the world a better place.
Scott Thomason
School
July 14, 2021
Dear Carol, I just returned from a trip and learned of John´s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May your memories of all your joyous times together sustain you. Love, Monica
Monica Finigan
July 14, 2021
My deepest sympathy to John's family. He was always a genuine, gentle soul. Our world is far better because he was in it.
Mandell S Winter Jr
Family
July 13, 2021
Dottie Lee
July 12, 2021
Carol, Bronwyn and Amelia: Sincere condolences for your loss! The memorial service for John was such a fitting tribute to one of the most wonderful men we´ve ever known! Such evidence of a life well lived! John was such a good friend and mentor! Our lives have been enriched for having known him. His passing is such a huge loss for our whole community. But it is amazing to think about the many lives he touched and the significant impact he has had on our community. May you remember what you loved about him the most and so have that precious trait live on in you. Love, Dave & Loie
Dave & Loie Whitmer
Friend
July 12, 2021
Carol, Bronwyn and Amelia I want to share my last talk with John. I was in the Rite Aide parking lot a few months ago and we ran into each other. We caught up with our families and just enjoyed visiting. John was always such a gentleman and always so interested in how I was. This is how I will always remember him. We send you some good hugs. Kathy, Erica and Casey
Kathy Stacy
Friend
July 12, 2021
John was one of the most talented and caring people I have ever known. I was privileged to get to know him as a wonderful parent also. John and Carol are excellent parents. I was one of the lucky teachers who had Amelia and Bronwyn in my classroom. John was a truly wonderful friend - always looked forward to all of our conversations over the years. We are all indebted to John for his work as an educator and as a citizen of our Napa community.
Bonnie and Howie Broxton
July 12, 2021
Where to begin? John and I met in High School with a shared love of backpacking. It took three tries but we finally made the trek from Vail to Dillon through the Gore Wilderness area. Along with Lars Kvist, we hike down the Royal Gorge and took the cog train back up...no one checked tickets for the return trip...what loony would get to the bottom any other way than taking the cog down? During that trip we stayed in some rinky-dink motel and watch both the College All-star versus NFL champions football game...along with the Miss America pageant. It was a real Americana baptism for Lars to be sure. We kept in touch after HS. My first airplane flight was to John and Carols' wedding in 1972. I also visited them in Cambridge while John was attending school at Harvard and made ice cream out of snow from his adjacent rooftop. I was later able to visit them in California and went to a Renaissance Fair in Novato with Carol and Bronwyn and Amelia. We also painted his chicken coop in Yountville. John and Carol later babysat our first born as we spent a night away at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Of course our daughter fell off of a stool and required medical attention...but that's another story. During his stay at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, John and I met for dinner. During this time we discussed the need to help organize a 50th HS reunion. So while he was living in Napa and I in Portland, we were able, with the assistance of a great committee to hold the 50th Reunion of the class of 1967 for the George Washington High School Patriots. John returned the visiting favor by meeting up with us during our 7-month stay in Vicenza Italy in 2018/2019, as he was visiting his daughter in nearby Bassano del Grappa. We were also able to see he and Carol on Memorial Day of 2019...our last time seeing each other in person. We connected via Zoom calls over the past year as a continuation of our 50th HS reunion committee and attendees. John will certainly be missed! He was without a doubt one of the best. Kirk
Kirk Davis
Family
July 11, 2021
Emily Cosby and Dave Dunlap
July 11, 2021
The world is a sadder place today without John. He was always there with the right words to say and the right action to take. NVUSD is a better place because of his legacy --- what a gift he gave to all who knew him. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your daughters. Our love and blessings!
Lou & Kathy Martin
Friend
July 10, 2021
There are few people I liked or respected more than John. I always felt honored when he recognized me and we chatted. Such a wise and gentle man.
Brad Shurmantine
Work
July 10, 2021
My condolences to the Glaser family. John was a gifted and talented man. In addition to my connection professionally through NVUSD John and Carol were very supportive of our family. When we needed guidance with an exchange student situation, they were very helpful and supportive.
Dan Coker
Work
July 9, 2021
I had the honor of knowing and working with John and Carol as they honed their skills (and mine) in interest based bargaining. and continued as friends later in our lives. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Carol and the Glaser family. Rest in Peace my friend.
Dr. Jim Hager
Work
July 9, 2021
I swam with the John Glaser during our formative years.. We have not been in contact since high school but I have pleasant recollections, John was always smiling, friendly. I am sorry for his loss to his extended family.
Dan Plattner
School
July 9, 2021
John was such a very special person. He was kind, gentle, and loving. In so many ways, he was unlike anyone I ever have known. I'm not sure that John realized how much he influenced people by the way that he lived, by the example he set, and how much he was loved and respected by so many people. Several quotations come to mind when I think of John. John "never looked down on anybody unless he was helping him up." (Anon.) "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." (Johann von Goethe) A wise and learned man once said, "When you leave this earth, you cannot take with you anything that you have received-fading symbols of honor, the trapping of power, or fleeting images of glory and fame. But you can take with you what you have freely given: a full heart enriched by honest service to others, love, sacrifice, and courage." This is the John Glaser we knew. This is the John Glaser we loved. "When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. -The Prophet-
Ralph Albi
July 8, 2021
Dr. Gina Potter
July 8, 2021
From the early days of Project Community and Temescal to the inspiring district training in non-adversarial negotiations, I am grateful to have learned from John.
Bou Kilgore
School
July 8, 2021
Darling Carol and family. We are so sad to know that John´s heroic battle has ended. We remember how the dolphins circled him in Hawai´i years ago when we were all together on the ocean. We loved John as did thousands of others who were lucky to know him and even luckier to work with him. Please know we send our love and compassion to you and the girls now and forever as you deal with this loss. Love, Dorothy and John
Dorothy and John Salmon
Friend
July 8, 2021
Dear Carol, I was so saddened to read about John´s passing. My sincere sympathy to you and your entire family.
Nena Talcott
Other
July 8, 2021
I last heard your voice just a couple of days ago, via my dads phone. I can still "hear" it. Tears in my eyes hearing the devestating outlook and the pain in Carols voice. My dads expression, as he was next to speachless (which very rearly happens). You and your family is in our hearts and minds and you will always be remembered with lots of love. Forever in our hearts! My deepest and most heartfelt condolances to Carol, Bronwyn and Amelia. Lots if love, always!
Karin
July 8, 2021
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