Obituary: Elizabeth Parrish Glendinning, former Philadelphia Orchestra P.R. director, 91

Posted on: November 13, 2020

“Elizabeth Parrish Glendinning, 91, former public relations director for the Philadelphia Orchestra and a dedicated volunteer, died Saturday, Oct. 31, of complications from a prior stroke,” writes Bonnie Cook in Wednesday’s (11/11) Philadelphia Inquirer. “Ms. Glendinning majored in music at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and graduated in 1951. In her 20’s, she worked on the election campaigns of Dwight D. Eisenhower, in the office of Sen. Clifford P Case (R., N.J.), and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post before taking a job at WGMS-FM, Washington’s former classical music station…. In 1963, she moved to Philadelphia to become the public relations director for the Philadelphia Orchestra…. She also produced all of the orchestra’s publications. In 1967, she married [investment banker] Henry P. Glendinning.… After her marriage, she retired from the working world…. After her husband died in 1988 … she returned to the orchestra as a board member, and served for 18 years on the board of Germantown Academy…. She served on the boards of the [Curtis Institute of Music], Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Astral Artists. In 2004, Ms. Glendinning retired to Cathedral Village, where she took charge of the community’s classical music concerts. Her contacts in Philadelphia’s music world allowed her to bring musicians of exceptional caliber to the residents.”