Remembering Dr. Glenn Oren

(Des Moines) – Mercy College of Health Sciences learned of the death of its longtime physics professor on Sunday after a tragic accident at home.

Glenn M. Oren, Professor of Physics, joined the staff of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Mercy College in the summer of 2003. Oren earned his Bachelor of Science in 1976, a Master of Science in Forestry in 1987 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Science in 1994, each degree earned from Iowa State University.

Oren also founded his own company, Oren Consulting Services, which conducted federal research as a principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Oren worked as a chemist for the Ames Laboratory, teaching undergraduate students in micro-chemical analysis. Oren was instrumental in creating the first dedicated chemistry laboratory for Mercy College in summer 2003, in response to enrollment growth in the sciences.

He was a member of Xi Sigma Pi, the National Forestry Honor Society; Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture; and the Microbeam Analysis Society, which focused on the quantitative analysis of small volumes of matter down to the atomic level. Oren was honored with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from Iowa State University.

In making the announcement to the College Community earlier today, President Barbara Decker said, “The College has suffered a great loss with the death on Sunday of Professor Oren. He was an outstanding advocate and mentor for his students, and committed to the highest ideals for Mercy College and his colleagues.”

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 22, 2012, at the Community United Methodist Church, 337 SW Second Ave, Ogden, Iowa. Visitation will be Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the church. Mercy College will conduct a memorial service when classes resume in January; details are pending.

Dr. Oren’s survivors include his wife, Shelley Oren, an adjunct faculty member at Mercy College and his three children, Natasha, Joshua, and Jacob.

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