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In Memoriam:
Squash Champion and Cartoonist Germain Glidden

GAVE MUCH TO THE GAME OF
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Feb 26, 1999, By SquashTalk Staff © 2004SquashTalk

Photo by Bachrach for Life Magazine

Germain Green Glidden died February 9th in Norwalk, CT
USA. He was 85 years old. Mr. Glidden was an enthusiastic squash player
for much of his life; initially he played squash at Harvard (class of
’36) and was up to the present a member of the Friends
of Harvard Tennis and Squash. He was an amateur squash champion, winning
the Intercollegiate Squash crown in both 1935 and 1936; and the US National
Amateur crown three times, in 1936, 1937, and 1938, after which he retired
undefeated. Later, he won the U.S. amateur veterans titles in 1953, 56,
and 57, again retiring undefeated.

Germain Glidden often attributed much of his success in
life to the lessons he learned from the game of squash. However, he certainly
gave much more back to the game of squash than he ever received himself!
Mr. Glidden is probably best known to squash players throughout the USA
and in fact worldwide, because of his wonderful, insightful, and distinctive
squash cartoons that grace the walls of squash clubs everywhere. Mr. Glidden
was the originator of the famous squash cartoon “Let Please” which has
been copied many times by other cartoonists.

Germain
Glidden Self Portrait © 2004 Christine Glidden

In addition
to his squash playing and squash artwork, Germain Glidden founded
the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) which is now housed at University
Place at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (I.U.P.U.I.),
Indianapolis, Indiana. He also founded a much less-known entity,known
as the “300 Club”, an informal club relating to the love of baseball
and baseball statistics.

Beyond squash
caricatures, Glidden was accomplished as an artist, having been commissioned
for portraits of a number of sports figures as well as US President’s
Reagan and Bush. Mr. Glidden’s love of squash and sense of humor about
the game will live on in his squash art. The game of squash will miss
a sportsman and pioneer.

[See also: "The
Man Who Won the Squash Grand Slam
, by Jim Zug"]

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