Well-known Maine philanthropist and civic leader Albert B. Glickman has died of Parkinson’s disease at age 79, according to a press release from the University of Southern Maine.
Glickman and his wife, Judith, gave more than $1 million to the library bearing his family name — the Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library — on the USM Portland campus.
“I think ‘transformative’ is a really good word [to describe Glickman and his wife’s impact],” USM President Theo Kalikow said Monday in a phone interview. “They were into many, many different things, from health care to higher education to art, and everywhere they were interested, they helped to make it better. They had personal relationships with folks and through their philanthropy.”
“He was warm, he was observant, and he was always looking to make a difference — whether it was to make sure you had the right mittens before you went out skiing or what you needed in the community,” Kalikow said.
The Glickmans gave to numerous organizations and affected Maine decision makers in a positive way.
“My mother, Pat Collins, served with Al on the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, and it was through their service that I first met Al many years ago. He quickly became a good friend and valued advisor,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said in recent press release. “Most recently, Al’s son and grandson visited with me in Washington to discuss the U.S.-Israeli relationship. I know how proud Al was of his entire family and of his loving wife, Judy. My prayers and thoughts are with his entire family during this difficult time.”
Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband, former Gov. John McKernan, agreed.
“Al Glickman was a dear and cherished friend, and a true titan of philanthropy. His generosity of spirit has reverberated throughout Maine and the nation, touching countless lives and enriching innumerable communities,” the couple said in prepared media statement. “Al measured success in terms of the opportunities he could secure for others, especially in the fields of education, art, and civic contributions. Maine has lost a great figure and during this most difficult of times, our hearts go out to Judy and Al’s entire family.”
A funeral service for Glickman is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Temple Beth El in Portland.
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said he spent a week with Glickman on a trade mission to Great Britain about 15 years ago when King was governor of the state.
“You often hear the phrase ‘larger than life’ to describe people, but it really did apply to him,” King said in a telephone interview Monday. “He had the enthusiasm of a 20-year-old.
“He was engaged, funny, generous and a great member of the Maine community,” he continued.