Biography of Edward Francis Glass
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By means of the Edward F. Glass Award of Merit of the IEEE
Western Canada Area, IEEE Canada commemorates these contributions
to the development of the Weststern Canada Area (formerly Council).
Ted Glass was born and raised in Pincher Creek, Alta., son of Christina
and John Ira Glass. After graduating from the University of Alberta in
1950 with an Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, he joined
Westinghouse Canada as a field service engineer and began a successful
41-year career in utility sales and support. His work took him to New
Zealand, Kitimat, BC and Beauharnois, Que.
In 1959, he moved to Winnipeg and in 1961 he had the good fortune and
sense to court and marry Lavina Jean (Vinie) Glass (no relation). He
is lovingly remembered as a fine husband and father by his wife and
three sons, Ralph, John and Bill. He also leaves his brothers, Bill
(Shirley) of Penticton, BC and Don (Mary) of Calgary, Alta., uncles and
aunts, Hughie and Joy Cameron, and Jim and Kate Oddie of Abbotsford, BC.
He is also warmly remembered by his Winnipeg in-laws, Vivian Glass,
Verne and Gerry Glass and family, and Lloyd and Maureen Glass and family
of South River, Ont., and, in addition, numerous nieces and nephews and
friends who remember his wit and warm smile.
Ted was an active member and contributor to many civic and professional
organizations. He was Past-President of the Association of Professional
Engineers of Manitoba, and served with the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian
Electrical Association and the Canadian Council of Professional
Engineers. He was a supporter of amateur sports in the community and
served as President of Woodhaven Community Club, Chairman of the St.
James Assiniboia Community Centers Board, President of the General
Council of Winnipeg Community Centers and an active board member of the
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Sports Federation and Manitoba
Amateur Baseball Association. Following retirement, he volunteered and
worked enthusiastically for Habitat for Humanity.
His IEEE volunteer activities included serving as Secretary, Treasurer and
Chairman of the Winnipeg Section of the IEEE. Following his term as Winnipeg
Section Chair in 1975 & 1976, he was elected a member of the IEEE Board of
Directors (1978 & 1979) and concurrently chair of the Region 7 (now
IEEE Canada) committee. He conceptualised and was instrumental in creating
the first IEEE McNaughton Learning Resource Center at the University of
Manitoba in 1978 for students to gain entrepreneurial skills to complement
their regular program of studies. He then worked to expand this concept
across Canada where today there are about thirty such centres from coast to coast.
Ted's service and loyalty to the profession of electrical engineering
were extensive and unbounded. In 1991, he received the Professional Service Award
from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers for his special
contribution to the profession.
The world runs more smoothly because of people like Ted Glass -
volunteer work gets done, families are raised, and happiness and
strength are passed to those around them. Ted will be greatly missed by
everyone who knew him. Peacefully and after a short illness, Ted passed
away on April 15, 1993 at the age of 65 years.
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