Dr. Alastair and Mrs. Jan Glass celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept 19, 2015 at their Rumson home with their family from the U.S. and U.K.
Alastair and Jan were married at St. George’s Church in Dorchester, England on Sept. 4, 1965. Dr. Glass accepted an offer of employment from Bell Labs in 1966 so with great excitement and ambition they moved to New Jersey.
Dr. Glass has a distinguished career in scientific research and development and government service. During his 33-year career with Bell Labs – Lucent Technologies, he became well known for his accomplishments in photonics and optoelectronics. After retirement from Lucent Technologies, Dr. Glass served as the chairman of the Tyndall Institute, a National Institute for Information & Communications Technology in Cork, Ireland. He was the first Director of Information and Communication Technologies for Science Foundation Ireland as well as the first Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation for the Province of Ontario, Canada. Dr. Glass is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the IEEE and Optical Society of America. He is a recipient of the Sarnoff Award for his pioneering work in electro-optical materials and has authored some 160 technical publications, 22 patents and two books. Dr. Glass has a B.Sc. from University College in London and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia.
Mrs. Glass, née Jan Blandamer, is a graduate of the duCret School of Art and an award-winning accomplished artist of fine arts. She has completed many projects commissioned by local residents. She is an active member of the Rumson Garden Club, which was founded in 1914 and is dedicated to conservation, ecology, horticulture, flower design, as well as civic outreach. Mrs. Glass also enjoys sharing her passion for horticulture and aviary subjects and has published a number of articles online and in print. Mostly recently, she has been awarded the status of Master Gardener. Throughout all of her endeavors, Mrs. Glass has been a dedicated homemaker, doting grandmother, and has been involved in many volunteer and community service projects.
Cherishing the journey are their four children and their spouses: Fiona and Eric Layton of Middletown, Hunter Angus and Allison Glass of NYC, Robert and Corrine Glass of NYC, Jessica and Christopher Scarpelli of Sea Girt as well as nine grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Christopher, Chloe, Kayne, Chayce, Drayke, James, Cooper and Morgan.
During their semi-retirement, the Glasses have enjoyed travelling worldwide, gardening, and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
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