April 28, 2013

Al Glickman, beloved donor, father, friend, dies at age 79

After making a fortune in real estate, Glickman moved back to Maine and funded many causes here.

By Beth Quimby bquimby@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Al Glickman

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Al and Judith Glickman at their wedding.

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Much of his philanthropy benefited the art world. His wife, a photographer whose work focuses on the Holocaust, has shown her photographs at exhibitions around the world.

Glickman also served on the boards of the Portland Museum of Art and the Portland Symphony Orchestra, organizations he supported financially for years. He also was a trustee of the Waynflete School in Portland and the University of New England.

His most well-known local contributions, however, were to USM. He donated $1 million in 1997 to support the completion of the top three floors of the university's library on Forest Avenue, which is named in his honor.

In 2007, Glickman and his wife gave another $1 million to Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook. The money supported the creation of The Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, which combined the nonprofit youth mental-health programs at Spring Harbor and the Maine Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.

But his son said the family may remember him most for his wonderful understanding of people.

"He made tremendous friendships. I can't even count how many people who say he was their best friend," Jeffrey Glickman said.

Staff Writers Matt Byrne and Dennis Hoey contributed to this report.

Beth Quimby can be contacted at 791-6363 or at:


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Al and Judith Glickman

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