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Friday, 17 May 2013 10:00
Dawn_Glanz_obitDr. Dawn Glanz, who taught art history at Bowling Green State University for 25 years and who spent a long and rewarding career spreading her love and knowledge of art and learning to others, passed away May 9.
The daughter of Arthur Henry Glanz and Henri Filson, she is survived by her husband Robert A. Brown, stepson Josh Brown and grandson David and David's mother Alisha Bond, as well as her sister Gail (Gerald) Lincoln of Ketchum, ID, and brother Filson H. (Shirley) Glanz of Durham, NH.
Born in Hollywood, CA, she graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and earned a master's degree in art history from Columbia University. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina.
Before coming to Bowling Green in 1978, she taught at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire; she also taught at North Carolina, while a graduate student.
A highly regarded scholar, she specialized in 18th and 19th Century American Art, Western Art, Northern Art and Modern Art and was frequently asked to lecture and take part in symposia both locally and nationally. In 1982, her book "How the West Was Drawn: American Art and the Settling of the Frontier" was published. Also, numerous articles she wrote appeared in professional journals.
She was the recipient of several prestigious fellowships while a graduate student, including a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Research in American Art. At BGSU, she received three "Il Magnifico" awards from the Medici Circle, friends and patrons of the School of Art, for excellence in teaching, research and service. She also was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, scholastic honor society, as well as Golden Key, national honor society.
Very much involved in University Governance she served on Faculty Senate and a number of university committees, including the Graduate and Undergraduate Councils, the Faculty Senate Budget Committee, the College of Arts and Sciences Budget Committee, the University Strategic Planning Committee and the Faculty Senate Amendments and By-Laws Committee.
One of her interests at Bowling Green was the library where she was a member of the Friends of the Library and served on its executive board and as president in 1985-86.
She held several administrative posts during her career, including Assistant Director of the School of Art and Assistant Dean for student services in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1990-92.
Twice she was called upon to serve as Acting Director or Interim Director of the School of Art. In 1996 she was named Director of the American Studies Interdisciplinary Program.
She excelled as a teacher, taking great interest in her students. She made her courses interesting and wasn't afraid to try new approaches, even dressing in character to make her lectures more lively. She recognized the importance of engaging students in the course content and challenged them to think critically about art.
Her interest in teaching extended beyond her regular BGSU classes. She also taught an undergraduate and graduate art history course in 1987 at the University of Toledo on "Rembrandt in His Time." Dr. Glanz was an active, long-time member of the Toledo Museum of Art, where she taught docents and gave lectures in conjunction with visiting exhibitions.
Early in her career at Bowling Green, she was named to the Graduate Faculty and because of the respect students had for her expertise and willingness to help them, she was asked to direct or serve on numerous master's and doctoral dissertation committees.
She was an advocate for women and held a joint appointment in the Women's Studies Program and served on various committees that promoted the role of women.
Retiring in 2003, she was awarded the title Emeritus Faculty in recognition of her distinguished service to the University.
Active in the community, she was a long-time member of Town and Gown and the Shakespeare Round Table. She also loved walking through Simpson Garden Park, which is near her home, and she was devoted to her pet rabbit, Timmy.
Always looking to try something new, she took piano lessons late in her life, saying she was as nervous as the younger students when she gave her first recital. She also developed an interest in quilting and weaving.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 29 at Simpson Garden Park. The family suggests tributes be made to Simpson Garden Park or organizations of the donors' choice.
DUNN FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.dunnfuneralhome.com.

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Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 10:00

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