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Marianne "Denny" Denman Glad
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1937
Death: May 12, 2008

MARIANNE "Denny" GLAD, 70, of Memphis, passed away at her home on Monday, May 12, 2008. Mrs. Glad was an Adoption Rights Activist and instrumental in the passage of the Tennessee adoption reform laws. She was also a co-founder of the TN Right to Know organization. She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Jerry Glad. Mrs. Glad is survived by her two sons, Tony Glad of Boston, MA and Keith Glad of Nashville, TN; her brother, Bobby Denman of Dallas, TX; and her sister, Nell Griffis of Memphis, TN. The visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m Thursday, May 15 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 16 at Memorial Park Funeral Home-Fireside Chapel. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Adoption Congress. www.americanaoption congress.org. Memorial Park Funeral Home (Published in The Commercial Appeal on 5/15/2008)

In the 1940s, Marianne "Denny" Glad wondered what became of three young cousins who were placed for adoption. Years later, the oldest cousin found his way back to biological relatives in Mississippi. He'd grown up in Oregon. A brother died in Vietnam. The sister's whereabouts were unknown. But Mrs. Glad was hooked. She would turn her passion for history and research into helping reunite families separated by adoption and time. In the process, Mrs. Glad helped reshape Tennessee's adoption laws and became an expert on the Tennessee Children's Home Society, a Memphis adoption agency that closed in scandal in 1950. Mrs. Glad died at her Raleigh home Monday after a long illness. She was 70. "She was an angel," said Nashville adoption lawyer Robert Tuke, who worked with Mrs. Glad a decade ago on adoption law reform. In more than two decades, Mrs. Glad and her colleagues with Tennessee The Right to Know helped hundreds of adoptees and birth families find each other by using legally accessible records, charging only for expenses. Many of those adult adoptees had been placed by Georgia Tann through the old TCHS on Poplar, scandalized for selling babies. Facts blended with fiction, and Mrs. Glad always tried to separate the two. "She would never bow to some of the outlandish myths there were about TCHS and she absolutely insisted on documenting all the facts as she well as she could," said colleague Debbie Norton. "It lent to her credibility. I think everybody who came out of that home owes her a debt of gratitude." A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in history, she married Gerald Glad in 1963. The family lived in California until they moved here when Glad took a job as a civilian financial planner for the Navy. He died in 1988. "She was a fascinating woman, the most well-read and educated person who had a sense of right and wrong," said son Keith Glad of Nashville. He said his mother felt adoptees had a right to know "who they are" and the circumstances of their birth. "She would do anything in the world for you," said son Tony Glad of Boston. "Now, she was strongly opinionated but she was not flashy and did not want to make a big public scene, but she definitely had a sense of right and wrong." Mrs. Glad, a homemaker who worked for a time in the office at Craigmont High School, became involved in adoption searches in the early 1980s, along with neighbor Nancy Kvapil and later Norton and Jalena Bowling. Mrs. Glad "loved the historical aspect" of the adoption searches, Bowling said. Mrs. Glad, Bowling and Norton were honored in 2001 with the Women of Achievement award for determination. Caprice East of Nashville, who worked with Mrs. Glad in the adoption reform effort in the mid- to late 1990s, said Mrs. Glad "was so well-versed on
everything. She never missed a detail. She was precise... "I've never seen anybody that so many people revered and that nobody vilified. She was just absolutely incredible." Mrs. Glad also leaves a sister, Nellie Ruth Griffis of Memphis, and a brother, Bob Denman of Texas. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in the cemetery. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. (Published in the Commercial Appeal May 15, 2008) 
 
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Memorial Park Cemetery
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
 
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You are a true hero. May you reap your reward in Heaven.
- Miss Morgan
 Added: Aug. 10, 2012

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 Added: Jul. 30, 2012
Denny, thank you for all you did for children and their families. I finally found my birth mother (deceased) Aug 26, 2011 with the help of Carolyn Whitaker. My mother's only surviving sister turned out to be a good friend of yours. She thought very high...(Read more)
- KD Herring
 Added: May. 22, 2012
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