Gilbert H. Glaser, M.D.

Gilbert H. Glaser, M.D.

GLASER, Gilbert H. M.D. Gilbert H. Glaser, M.D., a pioneering figure in the medical field of neurology and the founder of the Department of Neurology at Yale four decades ago, passed away peacefully at St. Raphael's Hospital on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

Dr. Glaser was born in New York on November 10, 1920, and raised in New Jersey, attending Columbia University as an undergraduate and for Medical School. From 1946 through 1948, he served as director of the electroencephalography (EEG) laboratory at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.

Dr. Glaser was elected president of the American Academy of Neurology from 1973 through 1975 having already served as president of the American Epilepsy Society in 1963. Dr. Glaser trained several generations of neurologists who went on to become leaders in the field, and he made major contributions to research in epilepsy as well as other branches of neurology. He was elected president of the American Academy of Neurology from 1973 through 1975 having already served as president of the American Epilepsy Society in 1963.

Internationally, his scientific eminence was recognized by election to many academic societies including the Royal Society of Medicine, the British EEG Society, the Association of British Neurologists, the Medical Association and Academy of Croatia, the Association of Electroencephalogy and Clinical Neurophysiology of Yugoslavia, the Atheneum (London), and the Oxford Medical Society. He served on the WHO Committee on Epilepsy (1960-70) and was a delegate of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association to the World Federation of Neurology and Congress of Neurology (1977-81).

In honor of Dr. Glaser's work, Yale established an annual Gilbert H. Glaser Lectureship in 2006, and several years later, created the Gilbert H. Glaser Professorship. Dr. Glaser is survived by his wife, Morfydd, two children and one grandchild. It is the family's wish that in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Doctors Without Borders or Amnesty International. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven.