William Glenn

Obituary of William Joseph Glenn

William “Bill” Joseph Glenn, 55 years of Fairfax, Virginia, passed away on January 30th at home with his loving wife, Adriana, and mother-in-law, Adrienne, by his side.


A memorial service will be livestreamed at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021 and Pastor Jeff Mickle will officiate. The service may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0xij-ku-vi3om-vLE2dUJA?.


Bill was born in Lynwood, California to Pauline and William “Pete” Glenn on July 4, 1965. He grew up in Downey, CA. A shy quiet and strong willed child, Bill was an avid reader and lover of all sports, especially baseball and basketball. He attended high school at Don Bosco Technical Institute and graduated in 1983. 


Upon graduation Bill went on to earn a B.A. in Biochemistry and Philosophy from the University of California in San Diego (1988). The first person in his family to graduate from college, Bill’s commitment to lifelong learning and excellence led him to earn a J.D. degree in law from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), (1991). Bill was admitted to the California Bar Association and employed for several years as  an attorney or Mayer, Brown & Platt, Los Angeles.


While he enjoyed the law, Bill did not find the work rewarding. Instead, it was the time he spent volunteering with children at the Boys and Girls Club near his home where he would discover and develop a passion for children and ensuring equity in education. Bill believed every child has the capability of learning. His determination to ensure equity in education led him to the classroom where he earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Elementary Education) from California State University in Long Beach (1997).


Bill was drawn to working with people who were under-resourced. And he decided he wanted to teach        1st grade in an urban district to have a more direct impact on ensuring children were educated and taught the critical skills necessary to be successful, no matter their socioeconomic status. Bill taught 1st grade for  4 years and he was an elementary resource teacher for a year.


After working a few years as a teacher, Bill soon realized he could have a greater impact on the lives of children if he educated teaching professionals. This revelation inspired him to earn an M.A. in Education Administration with a focus on Education Leadership from California State University in Los Angeles (2002); and a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education (2005). Bill always maintained a soft spot for children.


Known to be firm yet fair, Bill expected individuals to live up to their potential and ability to achieve their aspirations. He was known for pushing boundaries through innovative teaching methods. And, he was always readily availble to assist, mentor and coach those willing to work in pursuit of their dreams.


In addition to being dedicated to his students, Bill enjoyed running, reading, chess, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Committed to his community, Bill volunteereed with many organizations   and he was drawn to working with those that provided services for people who are under-resourced and those that worked to improve equity in education and advancement for children. He was especially proud    of the contributions he made as a volunteer for the Community Pool, Robinson Band & Orchestra Parent Organization, and the Alagille Syndrome Alliance.


Most of all, Bill was passionate about his family and friends. He loved his in-laws and cherished visits to Cleveland, Ohio where loads of laughter and great food were always present. Bill also looked forward to Cleveland visits for the opportunity it gave him to hang out with Adriana and her childhood friends.


He adored Adriana, the love of his life, and their children, Liam, Aidan and Avery. He was proud that his children were kind, good people who put forth their best effort. Liam inherited his sense of dedication to pupose and love of numbers, while Aidan acquired Bill’s fierce determination to succeed and passion for the Arts. Bill was a champion of his children and he never missed a game. He also modeled for them what it means to be an amazing father and magnificent husband. While he somettimes marched to the beat of his own drum, Bill was steadfast in his faith and despite his illness, his faith never wavered. He respected those who chose to fight cancer while he instead elected to live the best life that he could with the disease.


Bill is survived by his wife, Adriana of Fairfax, VA and sons William “Liam” Daniel and Aidan Elijah, siblings Paul Glenn (Katie), Patti Hefflin (Jim) and nieces/nephews, Jaida and Carson Glenn, Ryan (Carly), and Kristi Hefflin, and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Avery Carline, an infant sister Mary Elizabeth, and his parents Pauline and Pete.


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