Obituary: Alfred Glancy III, former Detroit Symphony board chairman, 80

Posted on: January 15, 2019

“If Detroit still enjoys a world-class symphony orchestra today, a good portion of the credit belongs to businessman Alfred Glancy III,” writes John Gallagher in Friday’s (1/11) Detroit Free Press. “Glancy, 80, of Ann Arbor died Thursday.” Glancy served on the DSO board of directors for 40 years beginning in 1974. “His business base was the Michigan Consolidated Gas Co., which he ran for many years…. In the 1980s, he oversaw MichCon’s partnership with the ANR company to build the Harbortown retail and residential complex … one of the earliest of Detroit’s waterfront revival projects…. [At] the Detroit Symphony Orchestra … Glancy negotiated labor agreements with musicians, resolved the DSO’s outstanding debt burden and raised money…. In 2014, his giving allowed the DSO to launch … the Alfred R. Glancy III Capital Reserve and Technology Fund…. In recognition for his support of its webcasts, the DSO named the control room in his honor…. Glancy … came from Detroit business royalty; his father, Alfred Glancy Jr., was a prominent banker and real estate developer who once co-owned the Empire State Building in New York. Glancy III received a BA degree in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.”

Posted January 15, 2019