DR. MARY ALNESS GLOVER
Dr. Mary Allness Glover, age 97, died in Kane'ohe on October 28, 2019. Kit, as she was called by her many friends, had an adventurous, independent, indefatigable spirit. As a physician with a Master's degree in International Public Health, she worked in Hawai'i and abroad, always seeking to serve victims of social injustice. Kit was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1922, to Nan Gardner Glover and the Reverend Carl Glover. Sadly, Kit's mother died when she was 12, but her father remarried three years later, and the family continued together as he shifted from pulpits in Red Oak, IA., Quincy, IL., and Sterling, IL. Kit went to high school in Cincinnati, OH., and then attended Oberlin College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1943. Her summers were often spent on Lake Charlevoix in northern Michigan, a relaxing haven for many of her relatives. As an only child, she bonded there with her cousins, John, Bob, and Dave Buttrick, Anne and John Gardner, Joan Jenkins, and Jane Jenkins when they summered in the Sequanota Club, a lakeside retreat for pastors, where her grandfather, John Gardner, had settled in the early 1900's. To pay her way through Oberlin College, Kit did a wide range of jobspicking crops, waiting tables, cleaning, and working a switchboard. In her last summer at Oberlin, Kit was working in a hotel, when a guest, the CEO of the Detroit Edison Company, offered to lend her the money for her last year of college. She accepted the loan and paid it back in full after her first year in medical practice. Kit graduated in June of 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine from the University of Washington. Seeking warmer weather, she came to Hawai'i in the early 1950's, with an internship at Queen's Medical Center. Following residencies in pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology, she opened her own practice in Kane'ohe in 1954. In 1960, Kit joined the hospital ship, Project Hope, on its maiden voyage, spending four months in Indonesia. In 1963, she volunteered for three months in American Samoa. In 1966, she enrolled in the University of Hawai'i, seeking a Master's degree in International Public Health. She then closed her Kane'ohe office and performed fieldwork in Micronesia, gaining the degree in 1968. Later that year, she joined Operation Crossroads Africa, expecting to spend two years in Dahomey (later Benin). She was evacuated by stretcher within a month, disabled by Crohn's disease, brought on by eating corn, virtually exclusively, during her African stay, where her familiar wheat- and rice-based diet was less available. In 1973, Kit went to Viet Nam as a medical consultant for an adoption agency, and there she adopted a child of her own, Hai Nguyen, then eight years old. Kit brought new son, Hai, home to Nanakuli, where she had moved in early 1970 to provide medical services to some of the poorest people on the island of O'ahu and to be part of the community there. She would return to Viet Nam years later when Hai went back to get married to his Vietnamese bride, Bonnie Nguy. Hai spent much of his time with Nanakuli neighbors, schoolmates, friends, with Ben, Marcia, Sam, and Sharon of the Yago family on Ma'ili Beach, and Puakea Nogelmeier, who was to be a lifelong friend to Kit and Hai. As a young man, Puakea did Kit's yard work in exchange for medical care. Later, when he was a university professor, he was Kit's teacher of the Hawaiian language, a pursuit she greatly enjoyed. And, in the end, when the need arose, he and her loving Quaker Friends were a great help to her, especially when she moved into memory care. Kit's famous habit of thrift included her custom of hitchhiking, much to the consternation of her friends and family. As a young woman she hitchhiked from Seattle to Michigan for a family reunion, and she was still hitchhiking in old age, whether from Nanakuli to Manoa, or from Lihue to her beloved beach house in Anahola on Kaua'i. Although her father was a minister, Kit was drawn to Quakerism in her first years away from home. She became a member of the Seattle Friends meeting while pre-med at the University of Washington. She was always a Quaker social activist, lending her presence, giving her support, and speaking up for those less fortunate. Kit was still attending Friends' Meeting for Worship in her final years, which were spent living at the Hale Ku'ike home in Kane'ohe, where she did crosswords, played Scrabble, and had a profound sense of humor until the day she died. Kit is survived by son, Hai Nguyen, and his wife, Bonnie Nguy, who reside in San Diego, CA., with their children, Lucas, Alex, and Calvin, and also by two cousins, Joan (Jenkins) Lohmann and Anne Remley. Anne's daughter Kate Remley was a longtime special friend of Kit's. Other close family connections include David Moore Glover and family, long of Cambridge, England, now residing in Pasadena, CA. A public memorial for Dr. Mary Glover will be held at: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 25th, 2020 Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden Visitors' Center, Kane'ohe, Hawai'i Hosted by the Honolulu Friends Meeting No donations, no flowers. Your presence is very much appreciated.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased