Glenn Durland Paige Professor Emeritus

Posted On February 5th, 2017 -

Glenn Durland Paige Professor Emeritus87, died peacefully at home in Honolulu on January 22, 2017. Glenn's wife of over forty years, Glenda, was at his bedside. Born on June 28, 1929 in Brockton, MA, he grew up in Rochester, New Hampshire and Provincetown, MA. He served in the U.S. Army (1948-52) and earned the rank of Captain during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (1947), Princeton (A.B., politics, 1955), Harvard (A.M., East Asian regional studies, 1957) and Northwestern (Ph.D., political science, 1959). After teaching at Seoul National University (1959-61), and Princeton (1961-67), he taught at the University of Hawai'i (1967-92). Gov. Burns appointed him Program Chair for the Hawaii 2000 futures conference in 1970. His journey took him from combat veteran and Cold War strategist to visionary founder and leader of the Center for Global Nonkilling, founded in 1994 ( He was a renowned scholar of nonviolence, political leadership, and international relations, authoring several seminal books, including The Korean Decision (1968) based on personal interviews with President Truman; Glenn later publicly disavowed this book as counter to a nonkilling political science. Among his many honors were the Princeton Class of '55 Award (1987), Jai Tulsi Anuvrat Award (India, 1995), Distinguished Career Award, American Political Science Assn. (2004), Lifetime Peacemaker Award, Church of the Crossroads (2005), Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Distinguished Peace Leadership Award (2010), and the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award (India, 2012). He also received two Honorary Doctorates, from Soka University (1992) and Jagran Lakecity University (2016). Glenn will be remembered for his unique vision of promoting change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world in reverence to life, presented in his path-breaking book Nonkilling Global Political Science (published in over 30 languages). The book has inspired affiliates throughout the world, including a Glenn Paige Nonkilling School in the DR Congo. Glenn leaves six children from his first marriage, Gail, Jan, Donn, Sean, Sharon, and Van Paige; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and a brother, Kent Paige, of Massachusetts. A Celebration of Life will be held on March 11, 2017, at MuRyangSa Korean Buddhist Temple. Visitation 10-11; service at 11 am. Aloha Attire. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Glenn and perpetuate his life work may be made to the nonprofit Center for Global Nonkilling, 3653 Tantalus Drive, Honolulu, 96822.

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