Industry Publisher Bud Glasberg Passes Away
March 23, 2011

Oscar (Bud) Glasberg, former publisher of Glass Digest magazine, died on March 16 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the age of 87. Glasberg had joined Ashlee Publishing Co. in New York as publisher and editor of the magazine in 1959. In 1975, he also founded the interGLASSmetal International Trade Exposition.

Charles Cumpston, a contributing editor for USGNN.com™/USGlass magazine, began his career as a glass-industry journalist at Glass Digest and remembers Glasberg well.

“I first met Bud Glasberg at the end of 1979 when I answered a help wanted ad for an editor at a business magazine. At our first interview, he said to me, ‘I'm not looking for any short-timers.’ That was the way he knew the glass industry: You come in but you never leave it. Bud was my mentor and taught me the industry well. I've never left it,” says Cumpston. “Bud was respected by all for his knowledge of the industry, which he had accumulated over his many years of involvement through Glass Digest magazine. He attended every industry meeting and loved to talk to everyone. He was valued not only for what information he got and printed in the magazine, but also for his insights into the industry that he loved so well.”

In addition to his years in the glass industry, Glasberg was in the U.S. Army and served in WWII. During his time in service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Combat Infantry Badge and European Theater medal with four clusters. After the war, Bud returned to Ohio University in Athens, Ga., and graduated in 1947 from the School of Commerce with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with high honors.

He retired in 2005 and is survived by his wife of 21 years Marilyn Glasberg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Hospice of the Valley, Sherman House or Ohio University, E.W. Scripps School of Journalist, 106A Scripps Hall, Athens, OH 45701.

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