Anton Thomas Glover, police major, veteran

December 01, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Anton Thomas Glover, a retired Baltimore City Police Department major who once headed homicide investigations, died of cancer and stroke complications Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Parkville resident was 87.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Webster Street in South Baltimore, he was a 1939 graduate of City College, where he played soccer on a team that included William Donald Schaefer.

As a young man, he worked for the Bendix Corp. During World War II he served in the Navy as a gunner's mate aboard the armed Liberty Ship Joseph P. Bradley. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

After the war, he joined the Police Department and initially walked a beat on South Baltimore's Light Street. His service also included 10 years in the homicide division, and he was later promoted to captain of the Criminal Investigations Division.

"Tony was the key man in the homicide division for every big murder case in the 1960s," said Charles E. Moylan Jr., a retired Court of Special Appeals judge who remains active on the bench. "He had the ability to take a confession without bending the rules, and have it stand up in court."

He was also commanding officer of the Eastern District.

He received more than 30 commendations, including a special commendation and a number of Bronze Stars.

"Years ago, Tony Glover was chief of detectives, and he was a legendary police officer," said Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. of the Maryland Court of Appeals. "He was just outstanding. The rank and file who served with him thought the world of him."

In 1964, Mr. Glover led citywide searches for Samuel and Earl Veney, who were wanted for killing a city police sergeant and wounding another member of the force.

After 27 years of service, Mr. Glover retired with the rank of major in 1974. He was deputy chief of patrol for Area I. He then became chief of security for the Horn & Horn cafeterias and the White Coffee Pot restaurants.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 20.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, 2325 York Road in Timonium.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, the former Louise M. Yungmann; a son, Thomas A. Glover of Perry Hall; a daughter, Karen Beth Baker of Baldwin; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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