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john glassJohn B. Glass, who served as Clerk and Keeper of the Foxhound Kennel Stud Book for the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) from 1973 to 1995, died on Friday, April 10, 2015, in Concord, Massachusetts. He was eighty-six years old.

John was the second of only three men to supervise the MFHA office in the 107 years since the founding of the association; he succeeded the late Joe Jones upon the latter’s retirement. John began his twenty-two-year career in the old MFHA headquarters on Water Street in Boston, moving to Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, when the directors relocated the office. John was the first to recommend computerizing the Foxhound Kennel Stud Book, and he personally wrote the code and implemented the first computer program to do that. John’s “Fox Dog” program was used for years by the MFHA until commercial programs written in newer, higher-level language became available.

The son of a West Point army officer who served in two wars, John was born in Hawaii and spent his formative years in such far-flung locations as Virginia, Texas, Wyoming, Guatemala, and Germany. He majored in economics at Yale and earned a Ph.D. in archaeology at Harvard. He became an authority on Pre-Columbian hieroglyphic manuscripts, publishing numerous papers and books on the subject, most notably as a major contributor to the academic encyclopedia The Handbook of Middle American Indians.

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# Melvyn Haas 2015-04-18 16:51
I well remember John B. I hunted behind his wife, Kerry, with Norfolk, and I remember John's wit. He and Kerry visited us in South Carolina back in the 1970s. We kenneled goats with our hounds then, to keep them from breaking on foraging pigs and goats, and somewhere I have an old photo of John with the Whiskey Road Fox Goats. Something only someone who ran fox dogs would have appreciated. Mel Haas, exMFH, Whiskey Road.
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# Gail Andersen 2015-04-23 15:44
John was a very intelligent, witty man with a droll sense of humor. He brought enormous organization to the registration and records of over 40,000 foxhounds (in the late 1980s) in the U.S and Canada with his own self- written computer program, "FoxDog". To protect the accuracy of the breeding records and different breed categories, John had built in safeguards to his hound registration program to assure that masters submitting young entries and draft records were accurate. The computer was programmed to sound a loud objection if any information was being incorrectly entered or submitted. His office door would fly open and he would be over his assistant's shoulder in a matter of seconds. He was usually on hand to keep things "straight" during many N.E. Hound Trails and New England Hunt Celebrations. He was meticulous in his work and always a gentleman. He will be missed.
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