Lyle E. Glazier, a writer and former University at Buffalo professor, died Oct. 21 in Prospect Nursing Home, North Bennington, Vt., after a brief illness. He was 93.
Mr. Glazier was born in Leverett, Mass., and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Middlebury College and a doctorate in English from Harvard University in 1950.
His career in education began in 1934, when he served as principal of Northfield (Mass.) School for Boys. He later served as headmaster of Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass.; English instructor at both Bates College and Tufts College; assistant professor in Shakespeare studies at Harvard; and as a teaching fellow at both Harvard and Radcliffe College.
Mr. Glazier began his 25-year teaching career at the University of Buffalo in 1945 as an assistant professor of English, later becoming an associate professor of English and American studies. He also served as chairman of the American studies department. He was a William J. Fulbright Scholar of American Studies at the University of Istanbul and Hacettepe University in Turkey and the University of Madras in India.
After retiring in 1972 as a professor emeritus, he moved to Bennington, Vt. Mr. Glazier served for several years as a volunteer professor in African-American literature at Southern Vermont College. He wrote several manuscripts, novels, poems and criticisms, including "Summer for Joey," "Great Day Coming," "Stills From a Moving Picture," "Azubah Nye," "Decadence and Rebirth," "Bennington Politics and Schools" and "Reflection on the Gift of a Watermelon Pickle."
Mr. Glazier was a member of the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Council on the Arts, the Bennington Area Arts Council, the Gallery NOBIAS, the Poets and Writers Modern Language Association, UB's Poetry and Rare Books Collection, the Friends of the Bennington Free Library, the Friends of Middlebury College Library and the Gamaliel Painters Cane Society at Middlebury College.
Mr. Glazier, who lived in Orchard Park while teaching at UB, served on the Orchard Park School Board. He was also on the town Charter Committee in Bennington.
His wife, Amy L. Niles Glazier, died in 1987.
Survivors include three daughters, Laura Reid of Bennington, Susan Swartz of Leverett and Alis Headlam of Rutland, Vt.; and a brother, Lawrence A. of Penn Yan.
A memorial service, featuring readings of his work, was held today in the Poetry and Rare Books Collection in Capen Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst.