Alan Glynn, OFM
1921 – 1958
Fr. Alan Glynn, OFM, was born on May 16, 1921 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1940. Fr. Alan professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1944, and was ordained in 1947. In 1943, he received his bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., and earned a master’s degree three years later.
Following his ordination, he taught at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., for two years. From 1949 to 1950, he studied at Catholic University of America, and in 1950, he was sent to the University of Louvain in Belgium, where he received his licentiate in psychology in 1952 and his doctorate in 1954.
Fr. Alan was then assigned to St. Bonaventure University. He was one of the few licensed psychologists in the Cattaraugus County Mental Health Society. Fr. Alan was chosen to be the first head of a newly-formed section of the Franciscan Educational Conference, devoted to psychology. He was a popular speaker on matters pertaining to psychology and psychiatry, and wrote extensively in his field. At the time of his death, he was head of the psychology department at St. Bonaventure University.
He died on Nov. 5, 1958 at St. Bonaventure University. Fr. Alan was 37 years old, a professed friar for 17 years, and a priest for 11 years. He was the older brother of Fr. Myles Glynn, OFM.