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Homer Clifton Glover ’42

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Homer Clifton Glover ’42, August 21, 2008, in Eagle Creek, Oregon. Clifton was raised on his paternal great-grandparents' homestead in Eagle Creek—originally settled by family members in 1849. He studied physics at Reed in 1938–40, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. “Reed's emphasis on freedom and responsibility under the honor system meshed with my pioneer family and Puritan upbringing,” Clifton told the college. “These values guided me in later years toward the right thing to do for employees, customers, shareholders, and suppliers.” He was accepted for the Army Specialized Training Program and assigned to the mechanical engineering unit at Oregon State College (University). There he was elected to Pi Tau Sigma, a national mechanical engineering honorary fraternity. He was assigned to the combat engineers unit in Europe and later served in the infantry. In 1944, he married Miriam E. Cobb; they had a daughter and son. Later, he worked as a design engineer in the aluminum industry. By his diligent study evenings, he completed a BS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State in 1947. He worked for Pacific Carbide & Alloys, and was appointed president of the company in 1983. In retirement, he devoted his energy to improving and developing residential properties, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, and working as a volunteer and board member of a local museum on the Barlow Trail. He also owned and operated Glover Century Blueberry Farm. Survivors include his wife and daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2009

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