Re: John J. Glancy

Posted By: Wil Haines on July 28, 2014

Hello Colleagues and Guests,

I had the privilege of spending some time with John at Riley Hospital
while visiting occasionally with orthopedic residents from Dayton, Ohio.
I also had the privilege of spending a little time with him and a few
other significant powers-of-the-day at Jim Russ' home in Chicago around
the dinner table. Those were interesting events, to say the least. With
guests like Carlton Fillauer, John Glancy, Dick Lehneis, and several
other well known O&P folks sitting, dinner was an event, to say the
least. But thanks to Janice, Jim always came out smelling like a rose.
With Jim Russ orchestrating and holding court in his usual style, many
of O&P's problems were solved in one evening. As an entry level flunky
at the time, it truly was an education, all wrapped up in a few hours.

There were a few things each of these men had in common. They all had a
passion for O&P, were very smart, and firmly believed that there should
be a reason for virtually every clinical action taken in the field of
O&P. I was privileged to hear these men at the time and have never
forgotten their voices of those days. I firmly believe that to this day.
There should be a practical reason for each and every thing we do as
clinical O&P practitioners in our day to day activities.

John Glancy was no exception. He was persuasive in his thoughts and
theories about orthotics in particular. Bull-headed might be a good
word. Anyway, my last interaction with him revolved around pediatric
myelomeningocele systems where elastic shock cords were used as knee and
hip extensors. Although to my knowledge that system really never caught
on to any extent, it was brilliant in my mind. It was also ground
breaking and very innovative for its day. We used several of these
systems in Dayton, Ohio, but for whatever the reason, they were
eventually overtaken by other technologies. John was a good man who
loved what he did and made generous contributions to the field of O&P. I
have pleasant memories of him and I consider it a privilege to have been
one of his friends.

I pray that he and Helen may rest in peace in the presence of our Almighty.

Wil Haines
Avon, IN

On 7/28/2014 12:03 PM, Kristie Hill wrote:
> John J. Glancy, CO, 91, Indianapolis, died April 4, 2014, at his home.
> For more than forty years, Mr. Glancy was Assistant Professor of Orthotics and later Assistant Professor Emeritus of Orthotics at Indiana University Medical School. Mr. Glancy was recruited by the school in 1967 to design, oversee construction of and run the schoola?Ts orthotics laboratory. The laboratory that he designed later was named in his honor.
> Mr. Glancy was born, March 19, 1923, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He wore a brace for most of his life as a result of a debilitating leg bone infection suffered as a child, which left him with a special empathy for children with disabilities.
> Mr. Glancy began his career at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and was on staff at The Childrena?Ts Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Mass. before relocating to Indianapolis.
> While much of Mr. Glancya?Ts career was devoted to designing braces and other orthotic aids for children with significant disabilities, he also worked with adults.
> An internationally recognized member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Mr. Glancy held a number of patents, published many articles in professional journals and lectured across the United States and in several foreign countries. He also wrote a reference book, a?oControl of the Foot /Ankle Complex: Orthotic Recommendationsa??, published in 2000 for use by university level orthotics programs.
> Mr. Glancy's widow, Helen, died Saturday, July 26.
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