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Francis Glenn Barlow ’32

Francis Barlow ’32, January 8, 2002, in Nashville, Tennessee, while visiting his daughter. After graduating from Reed, he worked for Shell Oil, Ford Motor Company and the Chicago Great Western Railway until 1938, when he began working for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a life insurance agent. He worked for that company in various capacities in the Pacific Northwest and in California. In 1956, he resigned from the company when the retail business that his wife had started grew beyond their expectations and needed his full-time involvement. The company, which sold records, tapes, and high fidelity equipment, was first located in Fullerton, California, and later moved to La Jolla. He was active in the Rotary and held several offices over the years, including serving as president of the Fullerton Club in 1956–57. In 1979, his wife died of leukemia, and in 1980 he sold their business and retired. In retirement, he was active in the La Jolla community as a volunteer English tutor for foreign students under the auspices of the University of California, San Diego, international center. He was recognized on several occasions for his outstanding work at the center, and he was frequently hosted by his former students in their home countries. Survivors include a daughter, a son; a sister; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2002

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