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Glenn E. Halliday

September 29, 1927 - August 6, 2018

Glenn was born in Walla Walla, WA to Irl and Noma Terril Halliday.  His father worked for the Guy F. Atkinson Construction Co. and due to the family's frequent moves, Glenn compiled a record of attending 12 schools in 12 years!
In 1943, Glenn's summer job was working on the secret “Hanford Project” which produced the plutonium used in the atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki, Japan in August, 1945.  Glenn worked on a survey crew at Hanford and earned more as a high school sophomore than he would after graduating from college! In 1945 Glenn graduated from Washington Union High School in Centerville (Fremont), California. He enlisted in the US Navy and was quickly flown to Hawaii where he served as a key punch operator at the Headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. In 1947 Glenn completed his service in the US Navy and returned to California on a very slow US Army troopship.  This gave Glenn the distinction of having served two years in the Navy and never was aboard a US Navy ship.
Glenn used his WWII “GI Bill of Rights” to attend Willamette University in Salem, OR and the Univ. of California at Berkeley where he graduated in 1952 with a BA in Nuclear Physics. He met Barbara Kemmerich at Willamette and they married in Salem on Dec. 22, 1950. Glenn's career in Nuclear Physics took a detour when he was a new scientist at the Lawrence Livermore Nat. Laboratory.  The Lab soon acquired one of the first “UNIVAC”computers and needed people to be “programmers.” Because of Glenn's key punch experience in the Navy he was asked to train as a programmer. Glenn found this new technology to be a perfect fit and he had a 30-year career at UNISYS where he ultimately became a Software Designer. Upon retiring in 1985, Glenn and Barbara returned to Salem, Oregon where they lived in “Salemtowne” in West Salem, and later at Avamere Court at Keizer and Bonaventure Salem. Glenn and Barbara developed a lifelong interest in photographing wildflowers and this hobby continued into retirement, taking them throughout Oregon and farther destinations in the world. Glenn amassed a wildflower slide collection that numbered in the thousands.  He donated his collection to the Oregon Flora Project located at Oregon State University.  Retirement also allowed Glenn and Barbara, often with their two children, Mark and Karen, to enjoy independent travel, guided tours and cruises to Mexico, Central America, Cambodia, Europe and the USA.
Glenn passed away on August 6, 2018 after a brief illness.  He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 67 years, son Mark, and daughter, Karen.  He was preceded in death by his three brothers: Leslie, Roger and Terry.  Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, A military service will be held at the Cemetery at a later date. Glenn's family would be honored if memorial contributions were made to Willamette University  or the Nature Conservancy .  Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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On behalf of the von Pressentin Association (v. Pressentinscher Geschlecht-Verband) I offer my deepest sympathies to Barbara , Mark and Karen at the loss of Glenn. At the Family reunion in September I will include Glenn when we say prayers at the Family's private Chapel in Prestin  (Germany).
Pierre v. Pressentin
Chairman (Vorstandsvorsitzender)

I attach a Foto of the Prayer room where we will remember Glenn

I am so very sorry to learn of Glenn's recent passing. We have known one another since our college days. The Halliday family traveled extensively and shared their many photo adventures which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.  My love and deepest sympathy is with Barbara and family during this difficult time.

Dear Barbara, Karen and Mark,
I wish to express here formally my sympathy following the death of Glenn, your dear husband and Father. It is some 20 years since we first met in the USA and later again also in Germany.  I see that Pierre included a Foto of the prayer room in the Family Chapel. I am sure you will  remember your visits there and so you will be with us in your thoughts on the 30th September when the Family will remember Glenn in their prayers. I wish you all my deepest sympathies.
Friedrich-Franz v. Pressentin

Dear Barbara, Karen and Mark,
I too give to you my deepest sympathy following the death of Glenn, .
Christopher Wallis

Sincerest condolences to you, Barbara, on the loss of Glenn. I remember many interactions in Salemtowne and my thoughts will be with you at this time.

Dear Dad-

Thank you so much for everything you gave and shared in this life.
I will miss your Eagle Eye, Photographic skills, and Scientific perspective.