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Harold L. Glasser Collection

Glasser Collection Finding Aid

Harold L. Glasser (1918 - 2010) was accomplished in both business and law. He was a native New Yorker and received his B.A., J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from New York University, Columbia Law School, and Harvard Law School. Most notably Mr. Glasser had a distinguished military career serving overseas in World War II as a bombardier, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was awarded 12 combat decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

After his return from the War, Mr. Glasser served as president of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and as General Counsel of the Kayser-Roth Corporation. A few years after graduating from New York University with his J.D., he was elected Mayor of the City of Saddle Rock, New York and eventually ran for New York State Senate. In 1959, Mr. Glasser began an exciting career as the president of the Miss Universe Pageant and by the late 1970s, he was president of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants.

On December 4, 2011, a tribute and collection dedication for Mr. Glasser was held at Florida Atlantic University, S.E. Wimberly Library.  Dr. Patricia Kollander gave the keynote address, please click here to read her remarks.

In 2010, a book honoring his accomplishments, Courage Takes Flight: The Life and Times of Harold Glasser by Dr. Patricia Kollander, was published by the American Life Publishers.


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