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Professor Eugene Glysson: 1926 – 2014

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His devotion to his students will not soon be forgotten. He served as the faculty advisor to the University’s chapter of Chi Epsilon for 30 years, being only the second faculty advisor of that chapter since its inception in 1949. He also served as the department program advisor for 21 years, providing unprecedented continuity and quality to the CEE undergraduate program.

Glysson’s devotion to his students was returned when former students traveled to events, such as the annual CEEFA tailgate, to spend time with him.

“One of my favorite memories [of the tailgates] is the first time I could call Professor Glysson ‘Gene’,” Earl Howard (BSE ‘76; MSE ’83) said.

One of the great joys of his career was directing Camp Davis from 1960 to 1964. At the time, Camp Davis, a University summer camp located in Wyoming, was used to teach surveying field work and geology.

In his essay, ‘The History of Summer Surveying Camp at The University of Michigan,’ Glysson wrote, “Those of us who were involved still consider the overall experience as one of the most memorable times of our lives.”

The experience was momentous because of the unique educational opportunities and the beautiful setting of the camp.

“A great deal of emphasis was placed in the desirability of picking a site which would allow the students to spend a summer in a country of marvelous natural beauty, with outstanding scenery and different flora and fauna. An additional benefit of the Wyoming location was the proximity of Yellowstone Park and the beautiful Teton Mountain range and associated geological formations. All of these considerations have proven to be very true and worthwhile,” Glysson wrote.

During his career, Professor Glysson taught and performed research on solid waste disposal and management, municipal engineering, and water, wastes, and solid wastes engineering.

He was a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Health. He also spent one term as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service assigned to the Land Protection Branch Office of Solid Wastes.

He was recognized for teaching in 1970 by the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and by the College of Engineering for Excellence in Faculty Service in 1992. In 1983 he was named Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year by the Michigan Section of the ASCE.

In 1949 Glysson met the love of his life, Marie Matthews, whom he married in 1951. Marie passed away in September 2013. Eugene and Marie are survived by their four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

It is the wish of the Glysson family that donations made to the College of Engineering in honor of Eugene be directed to the Borchardt and Glysson Water and Wastewater Treatment Fund. The endowed fund was established by alumnus Thomas Newhof (BSE ’60, MSE ’61) to support teaching and research of practical applications in the area of wastewater treatment and water purification in CEE, including but not limited to, research and new curriculum development of practical courses in water treatment and design.

Gifts can be made online at where the fund number is 571106, or by check. Donations made by check can be made out to the University of Michigan with the memo line reading “Gift to Endowed Fund #571106”. Please feel free to contact Kimberly Simmons at or (734) 764-8495 with any questions that you might have.

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