Robert John Glim
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Robert John Glim
  • November 22, 1915 - November 11, 2017
  • Fresno, California

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Professor Robert J. Glim
1915-2017

Professor Robert J. Glim, the last of the original Fresno State Agriculture Department members known as the "Twelve Disciples" of Dean Gene Egan, died November 11, 2017, at the age of 101 years and 354 days, surrounded by members of his family.

Professor Glim taught thousands of students in a wide variety of subjects at the FSU Ag School, from animal husbandry to ag economics, starting with the founding of the school in 1948 at Hammer Field to his retirement in 1979 as assistant dean.

Among his achievements was inspiring a $29.4 million donation to the school, from his friends Bud, Dee and Lowell Jordan, the largest donation to any California state university in 2009. Other accomplishments included a three-year tour teaching modern agricultural practices for the USAID in Sudan and sharing the FSU Ag approach in Europe, Mexico and throughout the Central Valley. He was also the advisor for Fresno State's Rodeo team, a judge at the various livestock competitions at the Big Fresno Fair, a judge at the West Coast Relays, an Ag One Foundation advisor and endowed scholarship contributor.

Busy in his off-campus life, Glim served as an elder at Calvary Presbyterian Church, a member of the board of directors at the Educational Employees Credit Union and chairman of the Scandinavian School District Trustees.

In retirement, Bob Glim was active in the 49er RV Club, which is where he and his wife Dorothy met the Jordans. It was at a Glim "campfire presentation" on the activities and products of the Fresno State Ag program that led the Jordans to establish a scholarship fund for the school followed by the gift that has led to the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology buildings and programs at FSU.

He was equally active in his family life. He and his first wife Imogene Thistle, who died in 1966, had five children, four girls and a son. He and Dorothy Schwartz, his second wife, celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in March of this year.

Bob, born November 22, 1915, in Pittsburg, Penn., was the only son of Reverend Olof Nelson Glim and Ingeborg Hedberg, both of whom were born in Sweden. The family moved to Kerman where Rev. Glim owned a vineyard and was a founding member of the Sun-Maid Raisin Co-op. Pastoral duties led to a move to Templeton's Bethel Lutheran Church, now the oldest active Lutheran church in the state. The family returned to Kerman in 1930 where Bob graduated from high school. He attended Fresno State his first two years as an undergraduate before transferring and graduating from the University of California. He then started the Woodlake High School vocational agriculture department and taught there for eight years while he earned his master's degree and teaching credential from UC Davis.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his five children: Alice (Las Vegas, Nev.), Margaret (Portland, Ore.), Roberta (Fresno), David (Redmond, Ore.) and Mary (Albuquerque, N.M.); Dorothy's son Lenn Schwartz (Fresno) and 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his step daughters, Dana K. Anderson and Lela J. Edelbacher.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 17, at Campus Bible Church, 4710 N. Maple Ave., Fresno, with Reverend Jim Cecy officiating. Donations honoring Professor Glim should be made to the Robert J. Glim Endowment, at Fresno State's AG One Foundation (https://www.fresnostate.edu/jcast/agonefoundation/endowment/robertjglim.html ) or Jaron Ministries (https://www.campusbiblechurch.com/outreach/jaron ). Among the things that will be part of this celebration is the fact that seven of Bob's descendants followed his lead to become outstanding members of the teaching profession, which he loved so dearly.

Arrangements under the direction of Stephens & Bean Funeral Chapel, Fresno, CA.