Dr. Glen T. Nygreen (1918-2010)

Glen Nygreen, a life-long educator and volunteer who headed many national organizations, died on February 16 at his home in Scarsdale. He was 91.

Dr. Nygreen was retired as Senior Vice President and Professor emeritus of Lehman College, City University of New York. He held earlier appointments with the University of Washington, Kent State University, Hunter College, and Columbia Teachers College.

During his long and distinguished career, he received many honors for his leadership in American higher education. He served as President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, national President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and President of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service organization. Locally, he was inducted into the Westchester Senior Hall of Fame in 2007.

He was also an active Rotarian, serving as District Governor for the district covering Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester and Bermuda. He served Rotary International in a number of special assignments. His work on behalf of the Rotary Foundation (International) was recognized with Rotary's Certificate for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Nygreen is a former Chairman of many other service organizations, including the World University Service, the Bronx Unit of the American Cancer Society, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts. During his career with Scouting, he served three years as President of the Bronx Borough Council (1974-77) and was given the Silver Beaver Award.

Dr. Nygreen had a long affiliation with the YMCA, starting as a student at the University of Washington. He served on the Board of the National Student YMCA for eight years, rose to become President of the Ohio-West Virginia Council of the YMCA, and most recently was a board member of the Bronx YMCA.

He had a similarly long affiliation with United Way, actively participating in United Way of Scarsdale-Edgemont until his 91st birthday. In 1991-92 he served as Board Chairman. In 2008 he was recognized by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam for his volunteer leadership.

Glen was married to Beverly Holiday (deceased in 2003) for 63 years. They were active members of the Scarsdale Congregational Church, where Glen twice served as Moderator (President). They are survived by one son, Dr. Ted Nygreen of White Plains, three grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Born in Bellingham, WA, Dr. Nygreen received his B.Sc., M.A., and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Washington. In 1997, he was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) by Lehman College of the City University of New York. Among other honors he received are the Lehman Leadership Award, the Susan A. Moskowitz Grand Award by the CUNY Student Personnel Conference, and the R.A.I.N. Humanitarian Award.

A memorial service is planned at the Scarsdale Congregational Church on Friday, February 26, 2010, at 12:00 noon. Donations in his name may be made to the Scarsdale Congregational Church, 1 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale 10583.

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