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4/28/2012 11:22:00 AM
Longtime writer named ACCW Woman of Achievement
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Rita Glazebrook, ACCW Woman of Achievement for 2012, speaks to crowd with help of Joan Towner.
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Rita Glazebrook, ACCW Woman of Achievement for 2012, speaks to crowd with help of Joan Towner.

Rita Glazebrook, a longtime journalist, has been named Woman of Achievement by the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.  

Joan Towner, president of District 5/6 of ACCW, announced the award, saying that Glazebrook's life and work embody the mission of the organization.

Glazebrook and husband Tom raised two adopted daughters, Kathy and Mary Ann. At St.Therese in Northeast Portland, she gave of her time and professional journalistic skills. She worked on bulletins, newsletters, directories and special projects.

When she expanded her activities into ACCW, she became treasurer and auditor.  But again, her foremost contributions came in the field of writing. She was publicity chairperson for more than 20 years, providing reports to local papers and designing literature for events. For 25 years, she was co-editor of the conference and convention yearbooks. This included successful recruiting of business owners and others, who would invest in advertising.

During World War II, young Rita worked in Washington, DC at the military office where enemy communications were decoded. On Sept. 2, 1945, an officer handed her a sealed envelope to take to a commanding officer. Sensing its importance, Col. James Henly Frier rose, stood at attention and instructed Glazebrook to open the envelope and read the message. It said "The War is over; the Japanese have surrendered." Years later, the colonel's daughter, Anne Schmidt, moved with her family, to Portland. Schmidt got to know Glazebrook and even accompanied her to the luncheon April 21.

Joan Galles, a longtime friend and co-worker of Glazebrook's on both parish and ACCW needs, had been gathering information and support to submit her friend's name for the award. Meanwhile, Glazebrook had been doing the same thing to nominate Galles.

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