Glenn Arthur Folmsbee


Dr. Glenn Arthur Folmsbee of Norman, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Dr. Folmsbee was born on January 10, 1928 in Philmont, New York to Elizabeth (Creighton) and Arthur Peter Folmsbee. He grew up in Philmont, and graduated from Union College, Columbia University, and New York Medical College. Glenn married Carolyn Stamey, R.N., on December 19, 1955. After a tour in the Navy as a medical doctor, Folmsbee set up a private medical practice in Philmont. Beginning in 1967, he and Carolyn served for 25 years as medical missionaries, first in India, and then for 20 years in Chiapas, Mexico. He retired to Norman, Ok. in 1990.
Glenn was at heart a scientist. He liked to tinker in the garage - fixing things, creating folk art & do-dads and doing experiments. He was a deep thinker and loved to discuss contemporary issues with all.
Glenn was preceded in death by Carolyn, his wife and partner of 58 years, and is survived by his children, Mark (Diana), of Simi Valley, Ca., Paul (Angie) of Sarasota, Fl., Martha of Long Island, N.Y., Raj (Lakawthra) of Moore, Ok., and Sue (Brooks) Kirlin of Norman; 18 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Glenn is also preceded in death by his parents; infant sons Michael, David, and John; and great-granddaughter Samantha.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, 4-5-19, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Norman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the memorial fund at St. John's Episcopal Church. The family wishes to thank the loving and compassionate staff of Sooner Home Health.
Published on April 4, 2019
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Susan VanBronkhorst
Apr 15, 2019
My family and I remember two things especially about Uncle Glenn in Chiapas. One was the great magic show he did at Mission Meeting every year-- it greatly impressed the children.

When I'm at the kitchen sink, I often think of Glenn's unique way of washing dishes because it did not involve filling the sink with hot soapy water. He explained that using running water was a superior method of getting dishes clean!
Mary Heyward
Apr 14, 2019
Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you
Apr 06, 2019
So many memories...from your family first landing at Buenos Aires to your years in Yajalon to the medical work among the Tzotziles that your parents did.

We celebrate their lives of service with you, but at the same time express our sincere sympathy for your loss.

Love and prayers from members of your Chiapas family,
Vern and Carla Sterk
Morven McAlister
Apr 05, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I know there are no words that can help you right now, but please know that I am thinking of you all, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.