In Memory

Robert W. Glenn

Robert W "Bob" . Glenn

Glenn, Robert W., 68, died Dec. 25, 2012, in Wichita, Kan., after a prolonged illness. A longtime resident of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Dr. Glenn was a professor of speech and communication at the University of Tennessee until his retirement in 2010. He was a member of the Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors, which honored him in 2002 with its Claxton Award for exemplary service in the cause of higher education. Dr. Glenn was praised for his clear, persuasive thinking, attention to detail and advocacy for academic freedom. In addition to creating and managing the Tennessee Conference's website, he founded the Tennessee AAUP Foundation, which provides legal help to faculty and educates the professional and general public on the issue of academic freedom. A 1966 graduate of Wichita State, Dr. Glenn received his master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University and taught two years at Dartmouth College before coming to UT in 1971. He enjoyed chess, bridge and cycling. Dr. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, William and Almetta Glenn. He is survived by children, Daran and wife, Wendy Glenn of Manakin Sabot, Va., Alana and husband, Aaron Unterborn of Redmond, Wash., Andrea and husband, Mike Fink of Endwell, N.Y., and Linnea Glenn of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Isabella Glenn and Alexis and Andrew Unterborn; and brothers, Tom Glenn and Will Glenn, both of Wichita, and Theodore Glenn of Overland Park, Kan. Arrangements are by Lakeview Funeral Home and Cemetery in Wichita, A memorial fund has been established at Wichita State to benefit the William M. Glenn Endowed Scholarship; donations may be sent to WSU Foundation, Attn: Robert W. Glenn Memorial Fund, 1845 Fairmount St., Box 2, Wichita, KS 67260-0002.

Published in The Wichita Eagle on January 11, 2013