Dr. Glenn R. Melvey
Inducted Saturday, October 6, 2018
Glenn Melvey graduated from Moorhead High School in 1942. During high school he played in the band, served as co-captain of the school safety patrol, was captain on the football team as a senior, and was a three-year letterman on the basketball team that advanced to the state tournament in 1941 and 1942.
After graduation, Melvey served four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a U.S. Navy Reserve officer from 1947 to 1983, retiring as a commander. He was awarded the Navy commendation medal for meritorious service in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
After returning from service, Melvey earned his bachelor’s degree from Moorhead State Teachers College, now Minnesota State University Moorhead, in 1949. He later earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota in 1950 and his doctorate in educational administration from the University of North Dakota in 1970.
Melvey’s 47-year career with Fargo (N.D.) Public Schools began as a physical education teacher at Central High School in 1950. In 1954 he was named principal at Jefferson Elementary. Melvey worked as the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction and curriculum from 1970 until his retirement in 1997. He was instrumental in the establishment of Trollwood Performing Arts School. Melvey is a previous North Dakota Teacher of the Year. He received the Golden Apple for meritorious service in improving the education of children from the North Dakota Elementary Principals’ Association and a North Dakota School Administrator of the Year Award from the North Dakota Library Association.
Melvey was a past president of the North Dakota Elementary Principals’ Association, and he was a member of Lion’s Club and served on boards for numerous organizations. He is a member of First Lutheran Church and served on the church council. Melvey is a national racquetball champion and has been selected as a Distinguished Alumnus by MSUM.
Glenn and his wife, Phyllis, live in Fargo, N.D. They have four children, Linda Perdaems, Jay Melvey, Ann McConn and Paul Melvey, ten grand-children, and two great-grandchildren.
Update: Glenn Melvey died Nov. 17, 2018, at the age of 94.