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Sir Joseph Robert Archibald Glenn, OBE (24 May 1911 – 4 January 2012) was an Australian industrialist and founding Chancellor of La Trobe University.[1][2]

Sir Archibald Glenn

Joseph Robert Archibald Glenn

(1911-05-24)24 May 1911
Died4 January 2012(2012-01-04) (aged 100)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
EmployerImperial Chemical Industries Australia
OrganizationFounding Chancellor of La Trobe University
ChildrenDi Gribble


Glenn was born in 1911[3] and raised near Sale, Victoria.[4] He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne, where he moved after Sale High School found itself without a mathematics teacher.[4] He studied engineering at the University of Melbourne and later in London. He joined ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries Australia, now known as Orica) where he became managing director for 25 years,retiring in 1973, and where he was Chairman for 10 years. During World War II he worked alongside Essington Lewis, who was in charge of war-related industry as Director-General of the Department of Munitions.[4]

He was Chairman of the Scotch College Council from 1963 to 1981, and Ormond College Council from 1976 to 1981.[4]

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1965[5] and was knighted in 1966.[6] He died on 4 January 2012, aged 100.[7]

His first wife was Elizabeth "Betty" née Balderstone, whom he married in 1939. After Betty died in 1988, he married Sue Debenham. His four children included Di Gribble, editor, publisher and deputy chair of the ABC;[8] she predeceased him by three months.[4]


  1. ^ "Vale: Sir Archibald Glenn, OBE" (Press release). La Trobe University. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Past Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors". Our history. La Trobe University. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ Scotch College: Great Scot
  4. ^ a b c d e David Balderstone, obituary: "Helped set up unis, headed ICI", The Age, 28 January 2012, p. 27
  5. ^ It's an Honour: OBE
  6. ^ It's an Honour: Knight Bachelor
  7. ^ "Sir Archibald Glenn". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 7 January 2012. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  8. ^ Kenneth Stanley Inglis, Whose ABC?: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1983–2006

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Academic offices
New title Chancellor of La Trobe University
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Smithers