Glenna Clemens, 1945-2005

Legacy Spotlight

Glenna Clemens 1945-2005

Touching Lives and Leaving a Legacy

Born and raised in Eugene, Glenna and Armond met at St. Francis High School. They dated during high school, college, and through his military service, before marrying in 1968.

Glenna lived a full life. She was passionate about education, nursing, leadership by example, and her four daughters - Ann, Amie, Christy and Laurie. She received her nursing degree from Sacred Heart School of Nursing in 1966, a bachelor's degree from The University of Oregon in 1968, and a master's degree in 1973 from Oregon Health Sciences University. She was a nursing instructor at Lane Community College from the late '70s until 2005. "Single parents were her soft spot. She worried about them having reliable childcare and a support system. She always said that they were the most dedicated students in the program. She had empathy for how hard they had to work," says Armond.

When Glenna passed away, her friends and family knew the best legacy they could give her was to start a scholarship endowment. Establishing this robust endowment was a group effort. Armond's employer, Guistina Land and Timber Company, used its family foundation to match Armond's own significant investment in the fund and other members of the Giustina family have also contributed through the years. To date, the Glenna Clemens Scholarship endowment has helped 25 students achieve their dreams.

Ann recollects meeting a particular scholarship recipient, "she had researched mom and was talking about her, she had us crying with the wonderful things she said. You can see mom still reaches people, still helps them."

Christy, a physician's assistant says, "Her time at Lane defined her- Mom was a teacher. My current nurse was trained by my mom and when I go to the hospital I always meet other nurses she trained. She would have loved to see Lane's completed Health and Wellness Center and the simulation lab she worked to put together. She was so instrumental to so many people- I'm always amazed."

Glenna's long tenure at Lane will forever be remembered as her endowment continues to help students in need. "I find scholarships offered at Lane mean a lot more to students. The need is greater, and the commitment level to restarting their lives is deep," says Armond.

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