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Alfred Curry Glassell, Jr
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Birth: Mar. 31, 1913
Louisiana, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 2008
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

He was born at Cuba Plantation in north Louisiana. He was the son of Alfred Curry Glassell and Frances Elvira Lane. He graduated from Bird High School in Shreveport, Louisiana and later Louisiana State University where he distinguished himself as President of the Student Body and Kappa Alpha fraternity, ROTC commander, and member in 13 honor societies. Upon graduation he became a pioneer in the energy business, discovering and extending oil and gas fields on the gulf coasts of Louisiana and Texas. He was a founder of the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation. He served on the boards of corporations including Transco, El Paso Natural Gas, and First City Bank. During WWII, he served in the armed forces where he achieved the rank of major. He had a life-long interest in marine biology and the preservation of sea life. He participated in seafaring expeditions throughout the world, leading the Yale Seychelles Expedition from the Atlantic to the Indian Oceans and the east coast of Africa. An enthusiastic supporter of Texas wildlife and conservation, with the help of friends the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Professorship in Quail Research was established at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. An avid sportsman, he achieved fame as one of the foremost anglers in the world. In 1953, at Cabo Blanco, Peru, he set the world record for the largest marlin ever caught on a hand-held rod and reel. At 1,560 pounds, this record remains today, and the worlds largest game fish resides on view at the Smithsonian Institution. Film of this marlin' catch appeared in the motion picture "The Old Man and the Sea." In addition to business, military, scientific, and sports achievements, he distinguished himself as a civic leader and philanthropist. Over a lifetime, he dedicated his time and resources to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Symphony Society, Society for Performing Arts, Houston Ballet Foundation, Houston Chamber of Commerce, Texas Children's Hospital, American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Smithsonian Institution, and Archaeological Institute of America. He fulfilled a great role as a leader at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to which he contributed $250 million. This world famous collector of art was first elected to the museums Board of Trustees in 1970. Realizing peoples fundamental need for hands on experience in the arts and recognizing the lack of studio opportunities, he established the Glassell School of Art. Since its dedication in 1979, the Glassell School has provided diverse training in the fine arts to children, adults, emerging artists, hospital patients, and older Americans. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 1990, a time when the need for physical expansion was evident. With characteristic optimism and belief in the generosity of Houston, he led a ten-year effort that resulted in the Audrey Jones Beck Building as home for the museums collection of Western Antiquities, European, and American art. As a life-long collector of Asian, Pre-Columbian, and African art, he donated his excellent and extensive collections to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. These works, primarily of precious gold, are without parallel. Frances Marzio, his curator, described him as a great connoisseur who recognized the creative genius of diverse cultures before they were appreciated by many others. 
 
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  Alfred Curry Glassell (1889 - 1966)
 
Burial:
Glenwood Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sec. EA, Lot 169, no marker
 
Maintained by: Knobby
Originally Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Record added: Apr 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107791648
Alfred Curry Glassell, Jr
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Alfred Curry Glassell, Jr
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Alfred Curry Glassell, Jr
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