Moses N. Glushakow, 78, sculptor, teacher

March 02, 2002|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Moses N. Glushakow, a sculptor, art teacher and decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. The Stevensville resident was 78.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Glushakow, known as Moe, was the brother of Jacob Glushakow, the noted Baltimore painter of urban scenes, who died in 2000.

Mr. Glushakow was an accomplished artist in his own right and enjoyed sculpting busts and drawing. Family members said he was known for making exact copies of Leonardo DaVinci's drawings.

A 1942 City College graduate, Mr. Glushakow was 18 when he enlisted in the Army in 1943. He served with the 133rd Infantry Regiment of the famed Red Bull Division in the Italian campaign.

"He was always ferociously patriotic, yet the most self-effacing human being I've ever known," said Herbert Deneberg, a brother-in-law who lives in Radnor, Pa.

Mr. Glushakow's decorations included the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Bronze Star. He also received the Croix de Guerre from the French government.

On Oct. 7, 1944, Mr. Glushakow's platoon was sent out to take a house some distance from their position.

"As they made their way forward, Pfc. Glushakow noticed two enemy soldiers emplacing a machine gun on the side of the road, about thirty yards to his front," reads the Silver Star citation.

He immediately opened fire with his rifle, killing one soldier and wounding the other, who was taken prisoner. He continued advancing on the house, ignoring the enemy fire that erupted from the upper windows.

"In spite of the heavy fire which rained about him, he crawled within 25 yards of the house and forced six of the enemy to surrender by throwing hand grenades into the building. Leaving the prisoners with his squad, he went to search the building. When a machine gun opened fire upon his squad, he immediately laid harassing fire upon the position and allowed his squad to withdraw to safety," states the citation.

Intense bazooka fire on the house forced Mr. Glushakow to leave and rejoin his squad.

"The courage and aggressiveness displayed by Pfc. Glushakow reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States," concluded the citation.

"He told me one time with a laugh," Mr. Deneberg said, "that if he had known his squad wasn't backing him up, `I would have thought twice about going into that house.' "

"He was a very proud man and he loved his country," said a son, Mark Glushakow, of Salisbury.

Discharged in 1945, Mr. Glushakow married the former Rubye Lesnar, from whom he was later divorced. He worked as the manager and later owner of Lesnar's Shoes in Salisbury from 1948 until retiring in 1974.

In 1988, he married Dr. Lisa Robinson, a clinical psychologist. The couple settled in Stevensville on Kent Island. Mr. Glushakow worked as a substitute art and history teacher for Queen Anne's County public schools, until retiring in 2000.

He was an avid collector of books on the Civil War and World War II. Family members said he had acquired quite a library devoted to the subjects. He was fluent in Italian and also owned, trained and showed Portuguese water dogs.

Services for Mr. Glushakow will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Interment with full military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Glushakow is survived by two other sons, Ross Glushakow of Salisbury and Greg Glushakow of Matlacha, Fla.; a daughter, Dana Lupia of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two brothers, Leonard Glushakow of Frederick and Nathan Glushakow of Baltimore; four sisters, Clara Kessler of Haddonfield, N.J., Naomi Deneberg, Helen Glushakow and Mildred Glushakow, all of Radnor, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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