Jackson G. Glaze, 72, founded medical lab that served black community

September 07, 2001|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Jackson Gusveller Glaze, founder of a medical laboratory that primarily served the African-American community, died of cancer Sunday at his home in the Fairmount Park section of West Baltimore. He was 72.

The medical-testing Precision Clinical Laboratory at North Avenue and Division Street was one of the few such black-owned facilities in the country when he opened it in 1965.

"He was the first one to open a lab that primarily served the Afro-Americans of Baltimore. He was really a medical pioneer," said Golden Roche, a former lab technician who lives in Baltimore. "We had the confidence of the neighborhood. We had four employees, and the waiting room could accommodate 10 people. But there were times when it was standing room only."

Mr. Roche said that one of the reasons for Precision Lab's success was Mr. Glaze's realization that the neighborhood had many elderly residents who had physical difficulty getting out of their homes. Mr. Glaze accommodated them by making house calls.

"He was able to draw blood from anyone," said his son, Mark G. Glaze of Randallstown. "No one who came to him walked away with bruises. He was proficient and could find a vein."

Friends recalled that Mr. Glaze was gifted as a mechanic. He built some of his blood-testing equipment. He also repaired televisions as a sideline.

As a young man, Mr. Glaze worked in the blood-testing lab of Sinai Hospital. He also was a civilian medical technologist at Kirk Army Hospital at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County for 33 years.

He retired from the military job and his clinic in 1986.

After he gave up his business, Mr. Glaze became a volunteer at St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church in Walbrook, where he was a member for 43 years. He directed his attention to parish finances and building maintenance. He was awarded the church's Black Hero Award in 1994 and the Mother Mary Lange Service Award this year.

"Jack reminds me of St. Joseph. He is always behind the scenes but takes care of important things that need to be taken care of. He is a tremendous father figure and will be greatly missed by me and the St. Cecilia's church family," said the Rev. Sy Peterka, its pastor.

Born in Farmville, Va., Mr. Glaze was a graduate of Lincoln University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

During the Korean War, he served in the Army.

Mr. Glaze enjoyed jazz and played the electronic keyboard.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at St. Cecilia, 3300 Windsor Ave.

In addition to his son, Mr. Glaze is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Hilah Theresa Brown; another son, Marty Glaze of Baltimore; three daughters, Jackie Wallace and Lisa G. Hunt, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Renee Ingram-Epps of Baltimore; a sister, Hazel Glaze of Dumfries, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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