October 28, 2011
Remembering H. Alfred Glascor
~ written by E. Scott Shaw
Judge Glascor served on the bench of the Franklin County Municipal Court (1976-1990). A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 29, 10:30am at Centenary United Methodist Church, 2048 Denune Avenue. The lines of tribute to Judge Glascor were written by E. Scott Shaw, taken from a complete story coming in next Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly.
I first met H. Alfred Glascor in January of 1972 when I went to work as a bailiff in the Franklin County Municipal Court for the 12 judges who then comprised the bench. Eight bailiffs rotated around 12 judges. I was there no more than a week when I realized that Glascor was one of the regulars. He had a reputation for being a very fine lawyer and consummate gentleman.
Glascor had been the lone person of color in the 1939 class of the Ohio State University Law School. He would go on to the law office of Wilbur King and Ray Hughes where, he remarked, he had gone to court with both of the men for quite some time before he was ever allowed to say anything in a courtroom.
In Glascor's career it could truly be said that he could make you laugh and he could make you cry. To say that he had paid his dues is a huge understatement. He paid his and lots of others' also.
Glascor was the last of a generation. Gone are Tyack, Britt, Macklin, Gillie, Schwartzwalder, Golden to name a few. They set a standard. We are truly blessed that we had them as mentors, guides and friends, not to mention true servants of the public.