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Remembering Dr. John Glenn

August 24, 2015

Dr. John Glenn, a friend of the school and retired colleague, died August 6, 2015 from injuries sustained as part of his volunteer work with the Sierra National Forrest Service. 
Dr. Glenn was a member of the school’s faculty in several different positions during his 25 year career with the university. He retired in 2001 having served as a Specialist in Cooperative Extension in our Veterinary Medicine Extension unit for 17 years. He was a specialist for sheep, goats and swine and was the Small Ruminant Collaborative Research and Support Program Director for USAID for a number of years. Always ready to help, he volunteered to cover many courses when illness or sabbatical leaves created a teaching vacancy, served on many more committees than was expected, and provided insightful advice whenever requested to do so. 

Dr. Glenn was recognized as a natural teacher and for his ability to translate basic university research findings to popular language. He was lauded for his skill in providing analyses of the relevance and application of new knowledge for the practical benefit of UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors, producers and their organizations, and society in general. His own research program focused on copper deficiencies in goats, Scrapie, blue tongue, mastitis in sheep, waste management, and the use of goats and sheep for wildfire hazard abatement.
Since retiring, Dr. Glenn volunteered with the Forest Service, something he loved. The Sierra National Forest recently named him the “Volunteer of the Year” as he had served 4,000 hours throughout his time with the Forest Service. He saw the importance of working to preserve the outdoors for future generations. At the time of his death Dr. Glenn was working in an area close to Yosemite felling trees. He was rolling a log up a ramp when it fell on him and he sustained head injuries, which were ultimately the cause of his death.  His family was with him at the hospital at the time of his passing.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday September 25, 2015, 5 pm, at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in Fish Camp, CA. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP to by September 18, 2015.

The family has requested that stories and pictures of John (work, teaching, adventures – army, veterinary, forest service, etc.) be written down and e-mailed to Francey at:, who will collect them on behalf of John’s children and grandchildren.

Directions & Accommodations:
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Directions to YMSPRR

Overnight Accommodations: (next to YMSPRR) (10 min from YMSPRR)

In Oakhurst (20 min from YMSPRR):

Should friends desire, volunteer hours or a donation may be provided to the following student opportunities or to another organization of choice.

(1) California Wool Growers Association, Scholarship Donation in Memory of John Glenn, Please make gifts payable to CWGA, insert John Glenn Scholarship in memo line, 1225 H Street, Suite 101, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 444-8122

(2) UC Davis Vet Med John Glenn Small Ruminant Scholarship; Please make gifts payable to the UC Davis Foundation, mail to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, PO Box 1167, Davis, CA 95617, insert John Glenn Small Ruminant Scholarship in memo line.

(3) The Student Conservation Association: Online donation