Both Glenn and Charlene (nee Crismon) Dunlap grew up in the Willcox area and graduated from Willcox High. Charlene had an outstanding academic record as well as serving as Homecoming Queen, FFA Sweetheart, and head cheerleader. Glenn, on the other hand, did not have a record of achievement graduating in the lower level of his class. Willcox High guidance counselors told him to expect to work in manual labor after graduation.
They were married on July 3rd in 1962 while Glenn was serving in the U.S. Air Force. He served four years as a fighter/bomber crew chief and his squadron was the first to conduct bombing missions over North Vietnam. Upon completing his military service he applied for admission to Arizona State University. Because of poor performance in high school he was admitted on academic probation. At the completion of his first semester, his grades earned him a place on the Deans Academic Honors List; he maintained this distinction each semester throughout his undergraduate years. With the support of Charlene working full time and the GI Bill, Glenn completed a dual major in Aeronautics and Mathematics graduating with a BS Magna Cum Laude. He entered the engineering college graduate program and completed an MS in engineering and mathematics, and accepted the offer to join the resident faculty at ASU as a Lecturer. He then applied for and was admitted to the Engineering College PhD program, and two years later completed his course work and dissertation and was graduated with a PhD in Engineering.
He served on the resident faculty at ASU for nine years earning promotions to the professorial ranks and full tenure and was rated as one of the top professors by independent faculty evaluations by the students each semester throughout his years on the faculty. He was inducted into academic honor societies of Tau Beta Pi, Tau Alfa Pi, Alpha Pi Mu, and Sigma X and earned academic and research scholarships and received the Ralph R. Teetor award. He served as president of Alpha Pi Mu. During this time period Charlene continued to work in the banking industry and focused her interest on her art work in oil paintings producing landscape and wildlife pieces.
After nine years on the resident faculty, Glenn decided it was time to leave academia and enter the aerospace industry. He joined Garrett Turbine Engine Company (GTEC) in Phoenix, Ariz. At GTEC Glenn worked in factory automation designing and implementing several leading edge automation systems. He achieved national recognition in the field and served as invited speaker, session chairman and conference chairman at numerous national conferences. While at GTEC he was recruited to join ITT in a corporate level position in advanced technology. He served as a Senior Director over several divisions at the ITT Advanced Technology Center in Connecticut. At that time ITT had a worldwide presence with over 100 companies across a broad range of industrial and commercial areas. Glenn worked extensively throughout Europe with Telecommunications, Data communications and Industrial product companies. During this period Charlene was able to pursue here interest in dog training and began to be recognized for her positive reinforcement training methods and canine interest articles published in leading publications. In 1984, ITT divested all telecom and datacom companies and Glenn left the corporation to accept a position as President and CEO of a division of an international telecom/datacom test equipment company based in Germany. Charlene continued her work in canine activities and began to focus on writing, directing, and producing dog movies. Glenn served many years as President, CEO, and then Chairman of the Board of the international telecom/datacom company with sales and marketing in over 40 countries worldwide. Under his leadership the company brought several advanced products to market that won leadership positions in the competitive domestic and international market. With the sale of the company he accepted the position as head of the microelectronics center in Research Triangle Park North Carolina. The center produced the world’s first million transistor logic chip, established an internationally recognized MEMS program and conducted DARPA funded research in several microelectronic areas. He subsequently worked in fiber optics and joined a nanotechnology company in Canada, which focused on atomic level modeling software for nano structure design and analysis serving as Chairman and President. Charlene has continued her work in canine training and movies and has achieved international recognition for her training and dog movies.
In looking back comparing the guidance counselor’s advice to his career, Glenn credits his wonderful wife Charlene for his achievements. “Throughout the long journey she believed in and supported me in every step. She is truly the wind beneath my wings,” he said.