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USM Friend and Donor Al Glickman Dies at Age 79

Glickman Family Library

Albert B. Glickman, who with his wife, Judith L. Glickman, gave more than $1 million to our Portland campus library, died Saturday evening, April 27.

A funeral service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., this Wednesday, May 1 at Temple Beth El in Portland.  A feature on his life appears in the April 29 edition of the Portland Press Herald.

The Glickmans announced their gift in May of 1997. A ceremony was held in October of that year to dedicate the library as the Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library. Hundreds attended the event, among them Senator Susan Collins, then-Senator Olympia Snowe and then-Governor Angus King.  

“Judy and I are both products of public education,” said Glickman at the time. “There’s no way that I could have gone to college if I had to pay the tuitions that private schools were asking. So, we’ve always had a keen interest in higher education. And the heartbeat of a university is the library.”

“I was lucky to be able to spend quite a bit of time with both Al and Judy,” said President Kalikow.  “Al always was very proud of his family and their accomplishments, and of course both he and Judy had a strong, genuine commitment to philanthropy, which not only benefitted USM and the entire System but also extended to many other Maine institutions.  They did good wherever they were.”