Former MU dean Milton Glick dies at 73

Monday, April 18, 2011 | 9:23 p.m. CDT; updated 6:04 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — A former dean of MU's College of Arts and Science and president of the University of Nevada, Reno, Milton "Milt" D. Glick, died Saturday.

Glick died suddenly in a hospital near Reno following a stroke, according to a memorial on the website for the University of Nevada, Reno. He was 73.

Dr. Russ Zguta, a professor in the MU Department of History, described Glick as a very "affable" person who enjoyed the camaraderie of his colleagues.

"On two levels, I thought he was an excellent being," Zguta said. "Both on the professional level with hard work and preparation for things like meetings for the promotion and tenure committee, and more on the personal level like going out to lunch.

"As a faculty member, I found it easy to relate to him."

Glick was born in 1937 in Memphis, Tenn., and grew up in Rock Island, Ill. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Augustana College in 1959. He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1965.

He served 15 years as the executive vice president and provost of Arizona State University. His first senior academic position was as the dean of MU's College of Arts and Science.

As dean, Glick established the Theatre Department in 1986 and the School of Fine Arts within the College of Arts and Science, according to the MU Theatre Graduate Handbook.

Glick's biography on the University of Nevada, Reno's website also credits him with placing a networked computer in every office within MU's College of Arts and Science.

Zguta remembers Glick's preparedness for meetings when the two worked together on the Arts and Science promotion and tenure committee.

"I think not only was he fair, he was a hard working person," Zguta said. "He could discuss any of the potential faculty members up for promotion intelligently and well informed."

Glick became the 15th president of the University of Nevada, Reno, on Aug. 1, 2006. According to the tribute, the university saw a great deal of growth during Glick's time as president, including the construction of a new student center and the Davidson Math and Science Center.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Glick; two sons, David and his wife, Jennifer, and Sander and his wife, Laura; and three grandchildren, Toby, Elijah and Nina.

According to a news release from the University of Nevada, Reno, there will be a memorial service for Glick at 4 p.m. Thursday at Lawlor Events Center on the Reno campus.

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