Rolfe Eldridge Glover III ’46

Rolfe Eldridge Glover III ’46 died on July 15, 2004, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Born on September 6, 1924, in Wilmington, DE, he prepared for college at the Tower Hill School there and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1942 to 1944 before transferring to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the Bowdoin-M.I.T. Plan. From June of 1946 to April of 1947, he served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of private first class. In 1948, he received a bachelor of arts degree from Bowdoin and a bachelor of science degree from M.I.T. In 1953, he received a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Göttingen in Germany, taking his courses and writing his dissertation in German. He was a Fellow of the National Science Foundation from 1955 to 1957, conducting post-doctoral research at the University of California, and from 1957 to 1961 was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina. He was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow from 1958 to 1962 and taught physics at the University of Maryland from 1961 to 1987, when he retired. He did research on superconductivity and was the author of many research studies published in scientific journals. He also contributed papers to seminars and other scientific meetings and was a member of the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society’s Division of Solid State Physics, and the Washington Academy of Sciences. In 1973, he was the recipient of the Senior U.S. Scientist Award for Research and Teaching from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Smith Glover, whom he married in 1957; two sons, Rolfe E. Glover IV of Savannah, GA, and Gordon F. Glover of Fair Haven, NJ; a daughter, Katherine G. Quinlan of Park City, UT; and five grandchildren.