Glenn Pearman Smith went home to the Lord November 12, 2017. He was born in 1925 to Glenn Allison and Mary Emerson Smith in Mill City, Oregon. His family moved to California during the Depression. In 1942 they moved to Rosemead, California, where he graduated from El Monte High School.
During WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Army 102nd Infantry (Ozark Division). He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for carrying a wounded American officer out of a German minefield. After the war, he attended the Military Tribunal at Nuremberg where he witnessed former Nazi leaders Goering, Keitel, and Hess stand trial for war crimes.
Upon returning to California, he attended Occidental College where he graduated summa cum laude and received a Master's degree from Claremont College.
He married Kathleen Hudson in 1949 and began his career in education as a junior high school teacher. He then accepted a position at San Francisco State University as assistant to the president, later becoming Vice President of Student Services, during the tumultuous 1960s. In 1973, he became Chancellor-Superintendent of the three community colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District, retiring as Chancellor Emeritus in 1991. He also received an honorary doctorate from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif.
He was devoted to his community and served in many capacities: as President of the San Mateo Rotary Club, Board Member and President of San Mateo County Mental Health Association, Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, Ex-Officio Director of the San Mateo County Exposition and Fair Association, Chairman of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association, Board Member of Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, and President of the Board of the Northern California Presbyterian Homes.
In 1999, he and Kathleen moved to Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Oregon, where he was involved as a President of the Residential Council and member of the Session at Westminster Church.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son, Tom; daughter, Julie; daughter-in-law, Pam Smith; son-in-law, Bryan Gahagan; and 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son, Ransom and daughter, Millicent preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. December 16 at the Rogue Valley Manor, 1250 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, OR 97504. Gifts to the Fairy Godmother Scholarship Foundation at the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, Medford, Oregon are suggested. www.memorygardensmortuary.com