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Pioneering Silicon Valley executive Dr. Glen O. Toney ’97 died in Palo Alto on December 20, 2020. He was 81. Raised in Oroville, California, Glen went on to attend Chico State University where he received his B.S. in philosophy, and earned a master’s San Jose State University in instructional technology. He served in the US Army missile division where he attained the rank of private first class. He received a doctorate in 1975 from the University of Southern California in organizational behavior and higher education and also earned his teaching and administrative credentials. Glen spent most of his career in Silicon Valley, longest with Applied Materials, Inc., the largest supplier of products and services to the global semiconductor industry. Among the many accolades, Fortune magazine profiled Applied Materials on its list of “Best Places to Work in America.” At his heart, Glen was always interested in improving the educational system—he served as assistant superintendent of schools in Ravenswood City and Palo Alto Unified School Districts. In 1997, Glen was granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Santa Clara. A long-time leader in the community, he served on the board of directors of the National Conference for Community Justice, the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, and the East Palo Alto Boys Choir. Glen is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia, three daughters, and grandchildren.