ON December 11, 1964, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation lost one of the most distinguished members of its staff, Dr. Otto Glasser, Emeritus Consultant in the Department of Biophysics. Doctor Glasser's death ended a long career in research, in teaching, and in scientific writings, which won for him the profound respect of his colleagues throughout the world, and earned for him many well-deserved honors.
He was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, September 2, 1895, and after his preliminary education and his service in the German Army during World War I, he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from the University of Freiburg in 1919. His early teaching posts included instructorships at the Radiological Institute of Freiburg, 1919 to 1921, and at the University of Frankfurt Medical School, 1921 to 1922. After his marriage to Emmy von Ehrenberg, July 19, 1922, they immigrated to the United States, where Doctor Glasser served as biophysicist at the Howard Kelly Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, from 1922 to 1923.
When the Cleveland Clinic opened on February 26, 1921, Dr. G. W. Crile, Sr., whose research interests for many years previously had emphasized the fundamental physical principles of physiology, established a Department of Biophysical Research under the leadership of Hugo Fricke, Ph.D. Two years later Doctor Glasser first became a member of this department, serving for two years. From 1925 to 1927 he was Assistant Professor of Biophysics at the New York PostGraduate Medical School. Returning to Cleveland in 1927, he was appointed Head of . . .