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Barritt (left) and
(right). Eugene Clarence
Glanzer, Dec. 30,
Boyce (left), and
(right). EUGENE CLARENCE GLANZER lived a lifetime of joy by always
looking on the bright side. He also experienced great happiness in
helping others. It is therefore easy to picture him smiling to himself
as he included some surprises in his estate plan.
Eugene was born in Tripp, South Dakota, in 1912. Ten years
later his family moved to Alberta, where he attended school until his
graduation from Canadian Junior College (CJC) in 1934. 1 Like a lot
of young men, Eugene enjoyed adventure—jumping trains to sit on
top for a great view of the Rockies, working in logging camps, driving
from Alberta to Florida for a one-week vacation, and finding his
place in the world by hitchhiking to Washington, D.C., in the Great
Depression year of 1936.
Eugene’s first job in Washington, D.C., was installing insulation
at 40 cents an hour. “Man, you thought you were rich!” he exclaimed
to a Washington Post reporter 67 years later. 2 However, his good
fortune did not last, and he found himself walking New York Avenue
on the lookout for another job. It was there that he spotted a man in
a drugstore window painting a Coca-Cola sign on the glass. “I can do
that,” Eugene thought to himself. His enthusiasm and artistic talent
landed him a job in two days, but it took up to five years to master the
trade. “For one thing,” he told his college alumni magazine, “signs are
painted backwards from the inside so they can be read correctly from
the outside to passersby. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very simple,
Eugene calculated he painted 4,000 to 5,000 signs over his 40-year
career with Coca-Cola. One of the largest was a sign in the window of
Whalen’s Drug Store on Pennsylvania Avenue downtown, completed
for President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. During his years with
Coca-Cola, Eugene bought into the company’s employee stock purchase
plan. This was very helpful years later when he set up his estate trust
that resulted in a legacy gift for Canadian University College.
The funded scholarships made possible by Eugene’s legacy donation
to CUC will keep on giving for years to come. So far, there are four
$3,000 annual scholarships established in Eugene’s name for CUC,
as well as two $2,000 annual scholarships in his name for Parkview
Adventist Academy (PAA), which is on the campus of CUC. The
criteria for these scholarships are similar: (1) students returning the
next school year, (2) academic standing considerations, (3) financial
need considerations, (4) participation in campus leadership, (5) for
CUC only: one of the recipients must be a married student.
Imagine Eugene’s delight in heaven when his scholarship students
tell him what a difference he made in their lives! n
(Eugene’s legacy story will continue in the next issue.)
1 Over the years Canadian Junior College (CJC) became Canadian University College (CUC).
Patricia Sullivan, “Like His Sunflowers, He Cheered Others,” The Washington Post, January 25, 2009.
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