From the President
They loved this community and their loss will be deeply felt by so many of us, whose lives they touched.
It’s been a very difficult week in Rochester as we mourn the first police officer killed in the line of duty in 55 years, along with the tragic deaths of Jane and Larry Glazer in the crash of their small plane.
WXXI News has been covering these events, keeping our community informed and helping our community cope with the loss of Officer Pierson and the Glazers. Officer Pierson gave his life protecting this city. Although the Glazers died in an accident, they were people who believed in the future of Rochester. I doubt that the Glazers and Officer Pierson knew each other, but I suspect they had something in common – a belief that this was a city worth fighting for.
Here at WXXI it’s been a particularly sad week. Jane and Larry Glazer were good friends and dedicated members of the WXXI/Little Board of Trustees.
If you knew Larry, you understood that his Buckingham Properties group always looked for the difficult projects, ones that others might pass on. Larry was committed to the future of Rochester and wanted to make a difference. He was one of the strongest supporters of WXXI’s affiliation with the Little Theatre. He thought it would be good for the East End cultural district, for the city, and for both organizations.
Jane Glazer also owned a major local business, QCI Direct. She was scheduled to be inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame next month. They were both successful business people and community leaders.
They were quiet philanthropists, contributing to many worthy causes and serving on the boards of numerous local organizations. Their appreciation for WXXI and the Little Theatre was expressed by their Co-Chairing our “Go Public” Campaign. They believed in the future of Rochester, whether it was taking on another ambitious downtown real estate project, as Larry often did, or expanding a business in Rochester and keeping the jobs here, as Jane did.
As a friend of Larry’s told me, “they always had time for every place and everyone.”
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