, Salem, MA


September 27, 2012

Letter: Farewell, and thank you


A musical historian who melded research with performance, Glenn participated as an 18th-century re-enactor drummer in the 200th anniversary of the Yorktown Victory celebration in 1981, and marched and drummed in multiple Danvers Memorial Day events with the Danvers Alarm List Company. As a frequent volunteer at Mount Vernon, Va., he drummed the funeral procession on the 200th anniversary of the death of George Washington, and I watched him on a cold 5 a.m. March morning at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, as he musically commemorated the bravery of its defenders.

His interests were myriad. Glenn’s path crossed with such diverse people as actor Jeff Daniels and Defense Department Undersecretary Paul Wolfowitz. He did research and writing in Colonial history, 19th-century coinage, aboriginal history and archaeology, and was researching for a book about sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

He became an adopted son of Danvers by serving many years with the Danvers Alarm List Company and the Rebecca Nurse Homestead; being an active trustee of the Danvers Historical Society and chairman of its education committee, teaching hundreds of Danvers school kids a love of knowledge and history; and, most recently, Glenn was founder-director of The Essex Harmony, a musical ensemble performing New England music of the pre-Civil War era. Regionally, Glenn volunteered with the Essex Heritage Commission and was a fervent supporter of the Towne Family Association.

With his passing, I have lost a personal friend who shared many of my idiosyncrasies and a man who was full of ideas, enthusiasm and knowledge.

Richard B. Trask


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