The Department of Sociology will celebrate the academic work of Dr. Glenn. Speakers will include sociology professors Christine Williams, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Mark Regnerus, Debra Umberson, Elizabeth Marquardt, and Robert Hummer. Music will be provided by Mark Warr.
Norval D. Glenn, professor emeritus of sociology, who taught for 47 years at The University of Texas at Austin, died Feb. 15 after a two-year battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of blood cancer. He was 77 years old.
A prominent scholar of family sociology, Glenn wrote extensively on marriage and divorce, aging and the life course, and methods and survey data analysis. In 2008, he co-directed the first nationally representative sample survey of 750 children of divorce, which provided a substantial body of research on the psychological effects of divorce in children and young people.
"The Sociology Department mourns the passing of Norval Glenn," said Christine Williams, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology. "You could not find a person who was more committed to the advancement of social science. To me, he will always represent the core academic values of integrity, research excellence, collegiality and civic engagement. We will miss him dearly."