Rensselaer: An Education for Life
"Rensselaer taught me how to live my life," says Glenn Brown '54. "I graduated from a class of 17, so high school was very easy for me. At RPI, I was forced to learn to budget my time, study, sleep less and decide which activities to do—and not to do. They used to call the school ‘RPI boot camp.' I learned if you want something, you've got to fight for it."
That education served Glenn well when less than a year after his graduation and commissioning, Uncle Sam needed more officers in Korea. He left his position at Kodak and reported for Officer Training School in Fort Sill. During that time, he applied himself to military studies in RPI fashion. Like nearly all of the 80-plus officers in his class, he had his bags packed for Korea when he received a call from the division commander telling him that, because of his excellent performance, he had been chosen to stay at the Artillery School and teach others what he learned. "That's when I realized my RPI Boot Camp training paid off!" Glenn says.
Following military service, Glenn returned to Kodak and active Army Reserve. Later in his career, he had a passion to have his own company, which turned out to be an enjoyable success as he immersed himself in long hours and a host of major volunteer opportunities. Over the past 60 years, RPI has been a prime focus for Glenn in volunteer leadership roles (recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award of the Alumni Association) and financial gifts (he's a member of the Livingston W. Houston '13 Society of Patroons).
Recently, he also invested in the Alumni Association Endowment Fund via a charitable gift annuity. "RPI is never off my volunteer horizon," Glenn says. "I've met so many wonderful and dedicated people there, from the RPI presidents to parents of our students. I always appreciated that RPI provided me with the confidence and know-how for success in my life; that made it easy to give back!"
You can benefit Rensselaer students and yourself by establishing a charitable gift annuity that allows you to make a gift to the university and receive fixed income. Please contact Art Tracy '92 MS at email@example.com or 518-276-2561 or visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/giftplan to learn more.