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In remembrance

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Clay Civic Memorial Foundation representative Denzil Adams and Brazil Public Library Director Jill Scarbrough hang a plaque in honor of Dr. Hal Glidden next to a grandfather clock the foundation donated to the library. [Order this photo]
* Area organization honors former Brazil doctor

Recognition is finally here for Dr. Hal Glidden.

The Clay Civic Memorial Foundation recently purchased a grandfather clock, which was placed in the Brazil Public Library.

Adjacent to the clock is a plaque in honor of Glidden and his community service.

"(The clock) is to pay tribute to a man who dedicated so many hours," foundation member Denzil Adams said. "Every time he took on a task, he was very serious about it. That's the kind of man he was.

"He was very meticulous about everything he did. You have to admire somebody like that."

According to Adams, Glidden and his wife Muriel came to Brazil in 1953. He began practicing optometry at that time and continued the practice for 46 years.

In addition, Glidden served as a pilot and flight instructor during World War II. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and past president of the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation.

While serving as president of the foundation, Glidden helped with the completion of the clocks in the Clay County Courthouse.

Adams said Glidden himself climbed up the courthouse to reset the clocks when needed.

"Hal had been an extremely dedicated person to his tasks," Adams said.

Adams said as the new library building was being built, discussions began regarding the possibility of honoring Glidden.

"We thought we ought to honor Hal," Adams said. "He had been there from almost the beginning."

Adams said finding a location for the clock took time and when the clock finally arrived at the library, it did not function properly. However, it has since been fixed.

Glidden died in October 2005.

Adams said the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation was founded in 1976, serving as a not-for-profit foundation for community improvements.

In 2003, the foundation formed the Clay County Community Foundation under the Wabash Valley Foundation to be a part of the Lilly Endowment Gift Initiative.

In 2006, the board of directors for the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation elected to merge with the Clay County Community Foundation and Wabash Valley Foundation.

Members of the Clay Civic Advisory Fund Board within the Clay County Community Foundation include Adams, Mike Lawson and Dr. Ryan Ross.

Honoring Dr. Hal Glidden

The Clay Civic Memorial Foundation recently honored Dr. Hal Glidden for his community service by purchasing a grandfather clock and hanging a plaque beside it. The clock sits in the Brazil Public Library.

The plaque reads the following:

In remembrance

Dr. Hal Glidden

For his years of presidency with the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation and for his distinguished community service.

Grandfather clock contributed by Clay Civic Memorial Foundation


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Dr. Glidden was fine man!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 5:17 PM

It is really nice to know that people have not

forgotten the time and love that Dr. Glidden

put into our (his) community. Thank you for

remembering, he was also my eye doctor.

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 2:35 PM

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