Brian Malcolm Glaspell

June 13, 1945 – January 6, 2019


Brian Malcolm Glaspell passed away on the morning of January 6, 2019, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Jeanie and children Sarah (Omar DeWitt) and Aaron (Brianna Bertovich), and a community of friends and neighbors.

Born in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, June 13, 1945, to Mary Alice Smith and Charles Foster Glaspell, Brian grew up in Pasadena, graduating from Pasadena High School in 1963. After attending Pasadena City College, he joined the Army in 1965, trained as a helicopter pilot at Ft. Rucker, Alabama, and served in 1966-67 at Camp Holloway and at Dragon Mountain 4th Cavalry Division Camp near Pleiku. After Vietnam, he served as a pilot evaluator at Fort Wolters, Texas, until July 1969.

Glaspell studied Southeast Asian history at Humboldt State University, graduating in 1971. He attended a graduate semester in Swedish history and culture at the University of Stockholm, served in the Peace Corps in Thailand in 1972, and then completed a Masters in Education at Oregon State University in 1974. After several years of teaching and school administration in Klamath Falls, Grants Pass, and Clatskanie, Oregon, Glaspell returned to study School Administration at the University of Oregon in 1981. He met his wife Jeanie while serving as a principal in Woodburn in the fall of 1982 and they married in July 1983. He also served as a middle school principal in Bend, Oregon, and Centralia, Washington. In 1991, Brian, Jeanie and their children found a true home in Port Townsend, where he served as school counselor to Quilcene and then Chimacum High School until his retirement in 2003.

Brian will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father and uncle, and to his friends as an engaging and loyal companion. A true Renaissance Man, always with attention to detail, Brian was a student of history/politics/sociology, the family chef, fix-it man, house builder, world traveler, writer, vintner, stained-glass artist, calligrapher, woodworker, and visionary; a walking encyclopedia of knowledge to share. He became a pacifist and a conservationist, committed to growing vegetables and fruit, planting trees to create sanctuary, and watching the birds move in. He loved to share the fruits of his labor with the food bank, as well as with friends and neighbors.

Those who knew him rejoice that they had the opportunity to share eight years with Brian after diagnosis, before prostate cancer won the fight.

Brian was interred in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on January 11, 2019. All who knew him are invited to participate in a Celebration of his Life to be held in the Cotton Building, 607 Water Street, Port Townsend, on Sunday, February 17, 1:30 p.m. Bring your best stories.


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