With heavy hearts, we bid our friend and co-worker farewell. As many know, Dr. Al Glock battled cancer for years, with incredible courage. In the last few years, he enraptured us with his personal descriptions of his analysis of his condition and the direction he was taking with his therapy as if an outsider looking in. The courage to face the inevitable without expressions of any self-pity, unfairness, or complaint of pain was astounding.
The world is certainly a lesser place without Al. He joined SkySentry as Chief Computer Software Programmer and Engineer more than 10 years ago. Conversing with him on any occasion was fascinating. Never one to waste time, Al could share at length his progress on company projects, his Computer Science instructional accomplishments at UC Colorado Springs, his volunteer contributions to vehicle and foot races on the side of Pikes Peak, his professional musical performances, his experiences in international negotiations, his studies overseas as he became fluent in German and French, and very importantly to the company, his incisive observations about effective and dysfunctional program management practices. With his professional program management certifications, he could zero in on misguided practices almost immediately, and he was not bashful to share his analysis, and he was always right. Tremendously enthusiastic about immersing in any great pursuit life had to offer, he showed incredible talent learning to fly the company plane.
It’s really tough to say goodbye to a man who has demonstrated greatness and self discipline in all respects. Right up until the final moments, if you asked Al why he was still teaching, while his physical condition would normally dictate otherwise, he would tell you, “because I’m making a difference with my students. They are learning so much about real life and real programs and how their actions can contribute to the betterment of society. And I want to take care of my wife and family to the greatest extent I can.” So we watched him working on projects and his personal health strategies right up to the end. We expect we’ll never encounter that kind of selflessness, courage, and generosity again. The world is indeed a lesser place without Al.