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Glenn A. Goerke

November 13, 2015
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Wolfeboro NH/ Taylor Lake Village TX

Glenn Allen Goerke passed away peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH.  He was 84 years old.

He was born in Lincoln Park, Michigan on May 15, 1931 to the late Albert and Cecil Goerke.  Glenn grew up in Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University and is a distinguished alumnus of the university.  He received his Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Michigan State University and held academic positions in Florida and Rhode Island before assuming the Presidency at Indiana University East in Richmond, IN.  He also served as President at the University of Houston – Victoria, the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and the University of Houston’s main campus as well as serving as Chancellor of the University of Houston System.  He has been honored as President Emeritus at each of the University of Houston campuses where he served.  He continued to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Association of University Presidents.

A proud veteran, Glenn served in the US Navy Reserves and founded the veterans’ support group through the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, "BAHEP Cares!",  in which returning veterans are mentored by senior executives to assist with life transitions and job placement.

Glenn is survived by his wife Joyce,  his daughter Lynn and her husband Todd,  his daughter Jill and her husband Fred, and his son Kurt and his wife Beth.   He was most proud of his grandchildren Fredrick, Andrew, Alex, Kelsey, Terence, Mitchell, and Nicholas.  He was predeceased by his brothers Gordon, Don, and his sister, Betty.  In retirement, Glenn and Joyce have spent about six months a year at his beloved Lake Wentworth and six months in Houston, TX.  A natural leader and inspiration to others throughout his life, Glenn’s charisma and sense of humor warmed every room he entered, and he made every stranger a friend.  He has been honored by innumerable professional associations, civic associations, businesses, and NASA.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Wright Museum or the Allen I. Stevens Scholarship Fund at Kingswood Regional High School.  For condolences please visit, to sign the online registry.

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