Glenn E. Todd (1890-1973)

Glenn E. Todd was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1890 to Robert R. and Phoebe Routzahn Todd. A life-long resident of Carlisle, he attended Carlisle High School, graduating in 1908, and then enrolled at the local Dickinson College. Todd graduated from Dickinson in 1912, but not before becoming an active member of Sigma Chi. He then entered the family business, the Todd Carpet Manufacturing Company, where he would later become co-owner with his brother. During World War I, Todd served as a corporal in the infantry, and on December 24, 1918, he was honorably discharged.

Returning to Carlisle after the War, he became a successful businessman at Todd Carpet and a well known member of the community. In addition to co-owning the carpet business, he became a partner in the Philadelphia Clay Company and the vice-president of the Board of Directors at the Farmers Trust Company. He was also a member of the boards of the Carlisle Hospital, the Mercersburg Academy, and the Homewood Church Homes; president of both the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce and the Carlisle Rotary Club, and a Carlisle Borough council member for fifteen years. Throughout his life, Todd remained involved in Sigma Chi as well, serving as president of the Harrisburg Area Alumni Chapter and treasurer of the Omicron Chapter before being elected to the organization's highest honor, the Order of Constantine.

On June 8, 1950, Todd married Mary Line, the head of the Dickinson College Bookstore, and, following his marriage, became a trustee of the College. He served in that a position until his death. In 1972, the couple donated $100,000 to the College as part of a $400,000 pledge to endow a chair. As a result, the Glenn E. and Mary L. Todd Chair was established. On July 4, 1973, Glenn Todd died at Carlisle Hospital, survived by his wife, who died less than three months later.

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