William Gardner Glynn (Bill) was born on September 20, 1935; he grew up in Boston Massachusetts. He was an active youth, residing in a city with a deep culture in education, history, and harbor landscape that shaped much of his life aspirations. His education started in the Boston school district, and in 1949 moved outside the city to the town of Stoneham; Bill graduated from Stoneham High School in the class of 1953.
Upon completing high school, Bill enlisted in the US Navy in July of 1953; it was the beginning of a 30 year Naval career. During his time in the Navy he rose through the ranks with remarkable distinction, starting as an enlisted member of the US Navy and finishing as an Officer and Viet Nam Veteran, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Bill’s accomplishments during service include: the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Star and Combat "V" plus the Navy Good Conduct Medal with two Stars.
Before heading to the west coast, Bill married his wife Diana Josephine Glynn, on January 4th 1959 in the town of Stoneham Massachusetts, where they met. Bill and Diana raised four children Dawn Marie, Jacqueline Marie, John Mitchell , and Andrea Teresa, while living on and near various US Navy bases in southern and Monterey California.
Bill served in the US Navy, but one of his other passions and his later career avenue was school. When once asked why he later pursued a Doctorate of education instead of another doctoral program, he replied, “I love going to school, why not get the highest degree I can in what I love?” Prior to his doctorate, Bill completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey where he will be buried this 20th of September; a dual masters degree program, earning him both Masters Degree in Management Science and in Public Administration from La Verne College; and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration from the University of La Verne, focusing on the implementation of educational technology and software. His mantra was, “The day you stop learning, is the day you die.” Because a doctorate in education was not enough, in his retirement years and being in closer proximity to the Napa Valley, Bill also decided to pursue and earn an Associate of Science Degree in Viticulture & Wine Technology from Napa Valley College. For Dr. Glynn the love of being a lifelong student and to learn every day, was simply standard operating procedure.
His post military career was a culmination of his administrative experience developed while managing construction battalions as a Sea Bee and his passion for school. After retiring from a 30 year military career, Bill worked in educational software for two years and as an Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in San Jose for ten years; he retired in May of 1996. Bill relocated from southern to northern California in 1990; the family took up new residence in Pittsburg California on the Marina. His dockside home was reminiscent to the harbors he grew up by, his time spent in Monterey, and his time spent at various Naval bases. Retirement for Bill, was never truly a retirement. After living in the city of Pittsburg for nearly ten years and retiring from being an Assistant Business Superintendent, Bill served his local community by joining numerous city organizations and governing boards. He enjoyed devoting his time to the local American Legion, City of Pittsburg Planning Commission, and Rotary Club. He enjoyed finding ways to make the local community a better place and run more efficiently.
He gave back to local veterans by acting as an advocate for VA benefits, being a member of the American Legion, and holding leadership positions for many other US Veteran organizations. Once during an annual Veterans Day Ceremony, Bill was even found to jump in and sing the National Anthem when the choir was unable to show up at the last minute. His fondest memory as veteran was acting as an advocate for an 89 year old WWII veteran and helping him receive military benefits that he deserved and was entitled to for being a combat veteran; Bill spent 14 months processing and advocating for this veteran, and in the end was able to get him VA services and assistive hearing devices to compensate for his hearing loss induced by serving as a “Heavy Machine Gunner.”
William Glynn was always serving others; he served 30 years in the Navy, 12 years for the public school system, and later in life his local community and veterans. Learning, serving, and leading were his life passions. He enjoyed his family, taught them and left behind a legacy that emphasized the importance of education, organization, and leadership. Bill leaves behind a loving family, consisting of his wife Diana Glynn; four children Dawn Marie, Jacqueline Marie, John Mitchell, and Andrea Teresa; and seven grandchildren Steven Taylor, Alex Nolan, Monique and Sydney Paris, and Ashley, Mathew, and Anthony Glynn. He spent the last 7 years of his life battling Alzheimers, among other cognitive delays due to Agent Orange exposure, enduring flashbacks of the Viet Nam War, and losing the ability remember those around him. He will be laid to rest on what would have been his 84th birthday September 20th, 2019 at California Central Coast Veteran Cemetery, Fort Ord Seaside, California.
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