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VEAZIE - Dr. William E. Glanz passed away peacefully at age 65 on June 14, 2014, in San Diego, California. He was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on January 27, 1949, to Eldin H. and Lillian E. (Mandeville) Glanz.

He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his Ph.D. in zoology. He taught for 34 years at the University of Maine in Orono, as an Associate Professor in the School of Biology and Ecology and received the UMaine teacher of the year award. Bill's passion for natural history, and for birds and mammals in particular, took him around the globe seeking such wonders as tigers in India, gorillas in Uganda, birds of paradise in Papua New Guinea, and hundreds of other creatures on every continent save Antarctica. He shared his passion for natural history with his students, leading field courses in South and Central America and Africa and teaching one of the University's most popular courses, Field Natural History of Maine. Bill's love of nature included conserving it: Bill was central to an assessment of the Rusty Blackbird, a Maine species in rapid decline. His work contributed greatly to develop nationwide conservation plans for the species.

He was predeceased by his parents, Eldin H. Glanz and Lillian E. Glanz; as well as by his brother, Philip N. Glanz. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Glanz of San Diego, CA.

A private memorial will be planned for a later date. Memorial contributions to the Orono Bog Walk may be written to the University of Maine Foundation with Bog Campaign, Glanz in the memo line, and sent to the University of Maine Foundation, 2 Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469.
Published on  June 28, 2014
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