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GLENN ALDAY
"Before I left the Marine Corp I had made corporal so I signed up for the Marine Reserves after being discharged. Right after I married Carol, my sophomore year of college, I got my orders for the Korean War as part of the Marines. The Marine Corp let me finish school if I agreed to
be in the Army ROTC program at MSU. I finished my undergraduate degree in 1952 and then was sent to Korea."
Again Glenn dodged a bullet and was sparred combat action. "The war had ended in Korea just after I arrived. Our troops took up camp on one side of the demilitarized zone while North Korea's troops took up camp on the other side. Our job was to dig the trenches deeper and improve our side of the demilitarized zone, as we waited for the official end of the war."
"I was sent back home after nine months and remained in the ROTC pro- gram as an officer at MSU.” There he earned his Master's Degree in 1955.
Then came teaching. He began the next fall in Lake Orion, Michigan, and later returned to Battle Creek to teach sixth grade at Verona Elementary. Glenn would find his calling, however, as a physi-
cal education teacher after more than a decade of being a classroom teacher.
Prior to 1965, Battle Creek Public Schools had never employed physical education, music or art teachers at the elementary level. As a means to provide planning time for elementary classroom teachers, they began hiring teachers to cover the fine arts as a way to free up planning time for classroom teachers.
"In 1966 I became a physical education teacher for Battle Creek Public Schools. This was the second year that Battle Creek Public had hired physical education, art, and music teachers to provide relief for classroom teachers to have planning time. I traveled to 16 elementary buildings my first year. Over the years they continued hiring more fine arts teachers each year. By the time I retired in 1968 I was only traveling to three schools."
Glenn has always been very passion- ate about his time spent with Battle Creek Public Schools. During his years there, Battle Creek was known as the pride of the state. When Glenn taught there the enrollment was more than 12,000. This number has shrunk over the years and cur- rently stands at under 5,000. Glenn will always be a proud Bearcat.
Other duties that Glenn was assigned during his tenure for Battle Creek includ- ed coaching track at Southwestern Middle School and teaching swimming at the elementary level. Glenn learned the tech- niques of teaching swimming from Battle Creek swimming legend, Leroy Sparks.
After retiring from teaching Glenn filled up some of his free time officiating track, cross country, and swim meets in and around the Battle Creek area. A few years ago he finally gave this up and was honored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association for forty-five years of service as an official.
Glen credits his past experiences for his remarkable level of activity as a nine- ty-year-old. Glenn and his wife Carol live independently at home on a small acreage outside of Bellevue. They are able to take care of their yard and home and drive into town to get groceries and run other errands. At this stage of life they are still independent with everything in their day- to-day lives. Glenn still mows his yard and clears the snow from his driveway. "At the age of ninety I am very indepen- dent. I attribute this to being active as a teacher. I didn't just watch the kids play I also played with them. I became an army ranger. This was the best training I ever had. I have been fortunate with the right genes."
Glenn has not avoided Father Time altogether. "I wear glasses for reading only. I wear hearing aids. I used to go to shooting matches when I was younger which wasn't good for my ears."
Glenn and Carol have three children. Jim, their first, was born in 1953 in Camp Atterbury in Indiana. Their second child, Brian, was born in Battle Creek in 1956. Glenn and Carol have four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Glenn is proud of his time spent as a member of our armed forces and being
a Battle Creek Bearcat for life. His other passion centers around Michigan State University. He follows their sports teams with an unbridled enthusiasm. He often greets others with a resounding, "Go Green!" Of course he expects a reply of, "Go White!" "I have been a season ticket holder for MSU football and basketball games for years." Glenn finally gave up his season tickets a few years ago but
it wasn't because he couldn't handle the weekly drives to East Lansing and climb- ing the stairs of Spartan Stadium and the Breslin Center. "I finally gave up my sea- son tickets a few years ago because it cost too much."
Glenn has received a few awards over the years with his service to the com- munity. He was granted the Leroy Sparks Aquatic Award for outstanding service dedicated to the sport of swimming in 1996. Glenn also reached the pinnacle of Battle Creek Central alumni earning his spot in the 2015 Bearcat Hall of Fame.
Glenn served for thirty-seven years in the military both active duty and reserves. He began his military career as a private in the US Marine Corp and finished it as a Colonel for the US Army, from which he retired.
Glenn is grateful for what the military has done for his life. He has lived his life, taking to heart what the military stands for in service to country. He has used this philosophy for more than sixty years.
Glenn would be the first to tell you that he has received as much from serv- ing his country and community as all the individuals who have benefitted from his service. I guess this is what serving is all about.
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