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Family, friends say good-bye to Clay Co. community leader

Monday, October 24, 2005

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Dr. Hal Glidden

Dr. Hal Glidden passed away Saturday morning at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. His obituary is on page 3.

Everyone contributes to the good of our county in many ways, great and small. But some leaders stand out, and a list of Dr. Glidden's accomplishments certainly put him on the list of community leaders.

He was a doctor of optometry from 1953-1996, president of the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation for 15 years, led in the formation of the Clay Community Foundation, served on the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation's board, served on the Forest Park Golf Course Board for many years and was president for five years.

Denzil Adams has been acting president of the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation since Dr. Glidden became ill.

"He was a man very dedicated to the community," Adams said in a telephone interview this morning. "He was a very disciplined man. He was precise in everything he did. His inspiration to others was great."

Mark Rogers, the Forest Park Golf Course pro and manager, remembered the many things Dr. Glidden did for the golf course over the years.

"He was involved in planning and building the clubhouse and the private cart shed," Rogers said this morning in a telephone interview. "He helped rebuild the No. 9 green which had to be rebuilt several years ago."

As president of the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation, Dr. Glidden helped assure money was provided to the golf course for several projects, including the planting of trees and other course improvements.

He helped raise money for water fountains, too, Rogers recalled.

Earlier this year, the private cart building and an adjoining picnic area were dedicated to Dr. Glidden and a sign was erected that bears his name.

Dr. Mike Dalton, spoke highly of Dr. Glidden's leadership. In a telephone interview this morning, Dalton said, "He was always The Man -- he led us. He was the consummate community member."

Dalton is a Clay Civic Memorial Foundation board member.

Dr. Glidden and Dr. Bob Maurer were two members of a group who formed the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation with the intent of building a community center for Brazil. That project was not completed, but the foundation funded many projects.

"Hal was always interested in helping the community, helping other organizations," Dalton said. "He liked to help smaller organizations by providing funding for those organizations' fund drives. He was always interested in helping as many other people as he could."

On a personal note, I will always remember Dr. Glidden as being one of the first people to come to The Brazil Times and welcome me to the community. His purpose for the visit was to inform me of the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation's activities, but I also knew I had found a new friend.

He was a true gentleman, in my opinion. As Denzil Adams said, "He will be missed very much."



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