The Applied Population Lab staff mourn the loss of Emeritus Professor Glenn Fuguitt, former co-director (1974-1990) and longtime supporter of APL

Glenn v. Fuguitt : Feb 27, 1928 – Feb 11, 2024

MADISON – Glenn V. Fuguitt was born and raised in Clearwater, FL, his father was Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools. Glenn enlisted at 17, serving in Italy. He attended U of Fla, meeting Martha, the love of his life, in 1949. Proud Floridians, Glenn and Martha moved to Madison in 1954. From the University and much-loved First Baptist Church to Oakwood, Madison has always been their home.

To know Glenn was to know his kind smile, and quick wit, with a twinkle in his eye. A humble gentleman and scholar, Glenn defined the field of Rural Population, and was a founder of the WIS Applied Population Lab. Yet his personal inspiration came from “his students,” now professors, authors, and mentors alike. Glenn and Martha welcomed students into their home, and built personal bonds by attending global meetings and conferences – turning professional mentorship into a labor of love.

A Founder of the World Sociological Society, Glenn was awarded Distinguished Rural Sociologist, 1987, and Outstanding Scholar in Rural Demography, 2002. A two term Department Head and journal editor, Glenn often published with his students and colleagues, notably Calvin Beale. Yet at his core, Glenn was a big-hearted family man, once declaring: “my name is Daddy.”

From father to grandfather, as “Papa,” Glenn’s life advice to his three “Grands” (aka grandsons) was to “do good work, help others and make a difference.” His absolute pride and joy were his two great-grandchildren: Gracie Fuguitt (1), and Aiden Veitch (2 weeks). Optimistic, Glenn loved life, and always wanted to be “in the game,” asking on his dying day “what’s our plan for tomorrow?”

Survivors include daughter, Gayle Fuguitt and husband, Tom Veitch; son, Graham Fuguitt and wife Margaret Fuguitt; and his three grandsons: Ian Veitch (wife Ashley), his son, Aiden, Gus Fuguitt (wife Katie Fuguitt), his daughter Gracie, and Henry Fuguitt.

Memorial Service to be held Monday, February 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM, Oakwood Chapel, Oakwood Village, University Woods, 6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, with Rev. Timothy Schaefer presiding. Celebration of Glenn’s life to follow at the Village Inn, Oakwood West, Same address.

quoted from the Wisconsin State Journal