John B. Glude was born on August 2, 1918, in Silverdale, Washington. He received a B.S. degree in Fisheries in 1939 from the University of Washington and an M.P.A. degree in 1969 from the same institution.
He worked as a shellfish biologist for the Washington Department of Fisheries (WDF) from 1940 to 1941. During World War II, from 1941 to 1945, he was employed as an associate naval architect draftsman at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Tacoma, Washington. After the war, he returned to the WDF, where he was involved in research on the effects of pulp mill pollution on oysters and the importation of Japanese seed oysters to Washington.
In 1948, he moved to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he was involved in research on the abundance and survival of softshell clams along the entire east coast of the United States. That project was moved to a former fish hatchery in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1948. Soon thereafter, he became Director of the Boothbay Harbor Laboratory, where he instituted further research on artificial propagation of clams and other species.
He later became Director of the FWS laboratory in Annapolis, Maryland, where he worked on methods for farming shellfish, with an emphasis on oysters. He then moved to the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for shellfish research covering seven regional laboratories and development of the first U.S. National Aquaculture Plan. Later, in 1970, he became Assistant Regional Director of the Northwest Region of the NMFS in Seattle, Washington. After retirement, he started Glude Aquaculture Consultants, and was active in the U.S. and overseas, often consulting on behalf of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Over the course of his career, he published more than 100 scientific papers on clam and oyster culture.
He served for two years, in 1964 and 1965, as President of the National Shellfisheries Association, and also periods as Vice-President and President of the World Aquaculture Society, the latter in 1978-1979. He was a member of the American Fisheries Society and the Ecological Society of America, and he was a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.
Throughout his life, he was an avid sportsman, enjoying fly fishing, hunting, and kayaking. He took up wind surfing at the age of 65!
Mr. Glude died in Annapolis, Maryland, on October 19, 2004, at the age of 86. John was influential and well-respected worldwide for his work on clam and oyster culture, and for his efforts on behalf of the World Aquaculture Society and the National Shellfisheries Association. He is missed by his many friends and colleagues from around the world.
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