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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, July 13, 2001

Phyllis Glick, writer, world traveler, dead at 75

Advertiser Staff

Phyllis Glick, a retired newspaper reporter, editor, author and world traveler, died June 30. She was 75.

Glick was born and raised in Lincoln, Neb., and attended the University of Nebraska, where she worked as a news reporter for the Nebraska State Journal.

After college, she went to New York City where she worked as a reporter and editor for Women's Wear Daily, the New York Times, Time Magazine, Advertising Age and American Home Magazine.

During interludes in her journalism career, she spent one year as a ski bum and photographer in Aspen, Colo., and three years working with the Navajo in the Southwest.

Glick married her husband, John, in 1954. When he retired, they moved to a ranch in Sweetwater, Colo., where she wrote a book titled "The Mushroom Trailbook." Later they moved to Glenwood Springs, Colo., where she developed and built a small 44-unit senior retirement residence specifically for her mother and aunt to live in, as there was no housing available for seniors in Glenwood Springs.

She also co-wrote college text reviews under Jefferson Publishing Company. These reviews are still used today.

Glick moved to Hawai'i in 1988, where her husband died one year later.

"She was an extraordinary person and had so many talents," said longtime friend Nancy Schoocraft. "Even as she was ill over the last five years, she took a trip to South America to learn tango dancing and to climb high to the altitude of one of the major peaks. She was excellent in everything she did."

Glick was a strong supporter of the Honolulu Academy of Arts and Contemporary Museum, and was a member of the Bromeliad and Orchid Society. Her lifelong interest was traveling, and she visited more than 125 countries, including two trips to Antarctica.

She left her estate to the Honolulu Symphony, Contemporary Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Glick requested not to have services. Her ashes will be scattered at sea. A celebration of her life will be at 10:30 a.m. on July 29 in the Hockney Pavilion of the Contemporary Museum.