Jesse E. Glasgow Jr., 83, editor at Sun


Jesse Edward Glasgow Jr., a retired financial editor and columnist for The Sun, died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday at his home in a Glen Arm retirement community. He was 83.

Born in Monroe, N.C., he was a student at Wake Forest University when he joined the Army during World War II. He served in New Guinea and the Philippines.

While working at a summer newspaper job in Kannapolis, N.C., and living at a rooming house, he met Beth BonDurant, a music teacher and fellow boarder. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Wake Forest and worked briefly on the Durham Sun before their 1949 marriage.

That year, he became a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., and covered the Navy beat. A reporter friend, Bynum Shaw, who had moved to Baltimore, suggested that he seek a job at The Sun. He was hired as a local news reporter in 1953 and covered police and the administration of Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr.

"He was all business and pushed for accuracy," said Helen Delich Bentley, a former congresswoman and maritime editor for the newspaper. "He was conscientious about his news sources."

Mr. Glasgow was named financial editor in 1960 and regularly covered railroads, banks and local industries.

"He had contacts throughout the financial world that nobody else had," said John H. Plunkett, a former assistant managing editor. "He was one of the most reliable, punctual people who ever lived."

Mr. Glasgow began writing a financial column in 1982 and retired in 1988.

For many years. Mr. Glasgow also wrote a Sunday stamp column, initially under the pen name James Gasque.

"He was a generous and gracious-spirited man to work for," said James Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, who worked under Mr. Glasgow in the 1970s. "He was the very soul of patience and long-suffering."

Mr. Glasgow read widely and kept an extensive personal library. After moving to the Glen Meadows retirement community in 2003, he ran its residents' library. He also kept up his stamp collecting and attended Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts. He and his wife attended the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico and made trips to museums and concerts in Western Europe.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St., where he was a member of the board.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Charles Christopher Glasgow of Santa Fe and Jeffrey David Glasgow of The Hague, Netherlands; a sister, Louise Dorman of Conway, S.C.; and a granddaughter.

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