Brandeis remembers dedicated alumnus Ron Glover '73
By David E. Nathan
Brandeis is mourning the passing of Ron Glover ’73, whose commitment to the University and its students spanned nearly a half-century.
Glover, who died on June 15, was the first African-American to lead the University’s Student Union, co-founded the Brandeis Alumni of Color (AOC) affinity group, and worked closely with Interim President Lisa M. Lynch to reach a conclusion to the student takeover of the Bernstein-Marcus Administration Center last fall.
“He was a remarkable man with a profound commitment to helping others,” Lynch said. “I am so grateful, especially over this past year, for Ron’s wise counsel on issues of diversity and inclusion at Brandeis. He was my teacher and adviser, and I am heartbroken at his loss.”
Glover, who lived in nearby Framingham, Massachusetts, was a frequent visitor to campus. He participated in a Brandeis diversity conference in late February and spoke at the AOC reception at Reunion in early June
“Ron’s AOC remarks were inspirational and heartfelt,” said Lynch, who attended the reception. “His dedication and goodwill reflected the University’s greatest values – excellence, open discourse and equal access to higher education.”
Glover joined the Alumni Association Board of Directors as an at-large member in 2012 and was an active participant in efforts to better serve the Brandeis alumni population.
“When I thanked Ron at the March alumni board meeting to acknowledge the end of his term, I fully expected him to return to the board in a senior leadership role in a year or two,” said Trustee Mark Surchin ’78, the president of the Alumni Association. “He was a devoted alumnus and friend of the University.”
Trustee Adam Rifkin ’97 was serving as alumni board president when Glover was elected to the panel four years ago. “Ron made a positive impact on our board from the moment he joined our organization, and provided valuable perspectives and insights,” he said. “He was a true friend and adviser.”
Glover grew up in Boston, graduated from Brandeis’ Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program in 1970 and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science three years later. He was very involved in student government, and served as Student Union president during his senior year.
“Ron was always the practical one in our group of activists,” said Jose Perez ’75, who first met Glover as a student and later served with him on the alumni board. “We were always crazy and wild, but Ron kept us in line with the facts.”
After graduating from Brandeis, Glover earned a degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1978 and then served as a senior trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor in Massachusetts for four years. In 1982, he accepted a position as corporate legal counsel in the human resources department at Digital Equipment Corp. Glover later served as vice president of human resources at high-tech companies Compaq and i2 Technologies. He joined IBM in 2003, and recently retired as vice president of global workforce diversity.
“It is difficult for me to imagine the Brandeis universe without Ron Glover,” said Nancy Winship, P’10, P’13, senior vice president of institutional advancement. “For years, he has been an influential leader of the alumni community, and his contributions to the University were important ones. There are many of us who cherished his friendship.”
Glover and his wife, Gail (Corbin) Glover ’73, generously supported a number of initiatives at Brandeis, including the Joseph D. Warren, MSW’72, PhD’83, Endowed Scholarship, which he helped establish with Trustee Curtis Tearte ’73; Paul Regan ’73, P’12; and Perez. Warren served as the longtime director of Brandeis’ Upward Bound program.
“The four of us truly represented a diverse set of individuals coming together to focus on making a positive impact on students,” Tearte said of the Warren Scholarship. “We were committed to growing and spreading the word about how contributing to Brandeis helps, regardless of the amount.”
Like many members of the Brandeis community, Tearte is struggling with the sudden loss of his longtime friend.
“Ron’s friendship stands out in my life, and as I process this difficult time, the words of Maya Angelou come to mind, ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ That is who Ron was.”
The funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 25 at the Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin St., Framingham. Visiting hours will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts in Glover’s memory be made to the Joseph Warren Scholarship or to the Transitional Year Program Scholarship Fund. Gifts may be made online or by contacting Alan Bertman, director of annual and special gifts, at 781-736-4032 or email@example.com.