Eugene (“Gene”) Biccard Glick passed away at his home on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at the age of 92. Known by many throughout Indiana and beyond for his extraordinary accomplishments as a real estate developer, Gene, in partnership with his wife of 65 years, Marilyn Koffman Glick (1922-2012), was an incredibly committed and generous philanthropic champion of our community.
“Personally and professionally, on behalf of the Foundation, we are all saddened by this loss,” said Brian Payne, President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation. “Yet we are quick to recognize what remarkable people Gene and Marilyn both were. Their devotion to giving back to the community and to caring for others through philanthropy was, and is, breathtaking in its scope and reach. But beyond that, they were both kind, gentle people who believed in simple, meaningful values which they instilled in their family and shared with others by leading through example. Together they touched countless lives in central Indiana in many wonderful ways. We were all very fortunate to have known them.”
The bulk of the fortune Gene and Marilyn Glick earned through their business has been used to fund civic projects and charitable organizations throughout Central Indiana. In 1982, the Glicks established the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the state. The pair also established The Glick Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Glick Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). One of Gene Glick’s favorite philanthropic projects was the Pro-100 mentoring program, administered by the Children’s Bureau. Created by Glick in 1981, Pro-100 offers paid summer internships for disadvantaged youth.
They also funded the Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Indiana Authors Award, and a wide array of charitable projects benefiting the arts, education, public health, and aid organizations throughout Central Indiana.
Throughout his career, Glick served on numerous professional, civic and philanthropic boards. He is in the National Housing Hall of Fame and is a Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Laureate. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Butler University in 1989. He received Sagamore of the Wabash awards from Indiana governors Robert Orr (1982), Evan Bayh (1992), and Joe Kernan (2005). Glick was named an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society in 2002.
Gene Glick was a member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. He is survived by his four daughters: Marianne Glick (Mike Woods), Arlene Grande (Thomas), Alice Meshbane (Andrew), and Lynda Schwartz (Mark). He is also survived by his many grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
For more information about The Glick Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, click here.