It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the
death of our classmate, Ben Glidden, on January 21, 2021 in Wichita, KS.
Ben is survived by his wife, Kathy; their daughter, Heather
Sturtz, and her husband, Jet; their son, Lance, and his wife, Jaci; their
daughter, Hope Hartman, and her husband, Wink; 10 grandchildren; and 4
Ben was buried at Star Township Cemetery, Alba, MI.
Condolences may be sent to Kathy at c/o Heather Sturtz, 7102
Laketree Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
Donations in Ben’s memory may be sent to the Ben Glidden Memorial
Fund, Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), 2330 Robinson Street,
Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
Well done, Ben. Be thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\C-2 Ben Glidden.pdf
DR. BENJAMAN C. GLIDDEN
(LTCOL, USAF, RET)
October 21, 1938 - January 19, 2021
Dr. Benjaman C. Glidden (LtCol, USAF, Ret), passed to the Lord on 19 January,
2021 in Wichita, Kansas. He was surrounded by his children and they held him as
he departed. He was 82.
Ben was born on a farm in Alba, Michigan, in 1938 where he learned the art of
farming, the joys of hunting and fishing, and graduated top of his class in high
school. He loved Alba, but grasped a greater world around him. He graduated from
West Point in the class of 1961, before the Air Force Academy existed, and cross
commissioned to the Air Force to become a navigator. Serving in the C-130, he
saw combat in Viet Nam, tours in Spain, Panama, Thailand, and domestically; all
which expanded his view of the United States and the world. Once again, he was
looking towards the horizon for his greater impact on the world.
Ben Glidden's real talent was enhancing and guiding the education of others; he
was always supportive of goals and mentored many. He earned a Master's in Public
Administration, a Master's in Library Science, and a Doctorate of Public
Administration while attending Harvard and the University of Pittsburgh. He
received tenure at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and taught
Political Science and Public Administration from 1973 until 1982. He retired as
the USAFA Director of Libraries and as an Assistant Professor of Political
Science. He retired from active duty in 1981 and remained in Colorado Springs
becoming a stockbroker/financial planner. He was elected to the Colorado Springs
District 11 School board and served on it from 1983 through 1991, eventually
becoming its president. He dabbled in local politics, throwing his hat into a
couple of elections. His true dedication was supporting local organizations
focused on serving the needs of children such as the Pikes Peak Kiwanis and the
Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) of Colorado Springs. He
served on the CPCD board from 1996 through 2002. His passion for helping and
mentoring young adults onto successful paths was central to his beliefs.
Further still, Ben was a classic fixture in Colorado Springs. He socialized with
his investment club, whistled while he walked, and was always on the lookout for
helping others. He was someone you never minded spending time with. Ben is
survived by his wife Kathy of Wichita, KS, daughter Heather Glidden Sturtz (Jet)
of Fairfax Station, VA, son Lance Glidden (Jaci) of Germantown, TN, daughter
Hope Glidden Hartman (Wink) of Wichita, KS, 10 grandchildren, and 4
Interment will be in Alba, Michigan where life started for Ben and the values of
the simple farm life in upstate Michigan permeated through his life's work and
his family. To honor Ben, memorial donations may be made to the scholarship
program at the Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) of Colorado
We shall all miss Grandpa Ben. Godspeed.