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UNR crowd pays homage to Glick
by Jessica Carner
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Tribune/Nathan Orme - Members of the faculty and staff of the University of Nevada, Reno wait to give remarks at a memorial service Thursday for university President Milton Glick, who died suddenly of a massive stroke Saturday night.
Tribune/Nathan Orme - Members of the faculty and staff of the University of Nevada, Reno wait to give remarks at a memorial service Thursday for university President Milton Glick, who died suddenly of a massive stroke Saturday night.
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RENO — One opinion was shared by all who spoke during a celebration of life for Milton Glick, the 15th president of the University of Nevada, Reno, who died Saturday: He loved UNR and was passionate about higher education.

Thousands of people attended Glick’s memorial service held Thursday at Lawlor Events Center.

Glick, 73, suffered a stroke while eating dinner at a restaurant with his wife, Peggy. He was taken to a Reno hospital, but did not recover.

“No one loved the University of Nevada more than Milt,” said James Dean Leavitt, chair of the Nevada board of regents.

Leavitt said the last day of Glick’s life was spent at work.

“He was at work … on a Saturday,” Leavitt said. “Not because he had to be but because that’s who he was.”

Eli Reilly, who served as president of the Associated Students of UNR from 2008 to 2010, said Glick believed in research, the classroom, the students and, just as importantly, school spirit.

“Milt believed in students and believed we are capable of anything,” Reilly said. “He believed that students will change this world … He believed in every part of this university.”

Rosemary McCarthy, assistant professor in the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, said Glick was very public about his pride in the university and worked tirelessly to preserve the integrity of the school despite budget cuts.

“He was deeply concerned with how we serve our students,” McCarthy said. “Let’s honor him by keeping on, whatever comes our way next.”

“Milt was passionate about this place,” said Allan Price, Glick’s longtime friend and former colleague at Arizona State University. “You know that, but I can tell you from a different perspective that he loved this place … We all owe him a debt of gratitude for the passion and energy he brought to higher education.”
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