More detail on this person: The Scribber: Remaining Glidden triplet to celebrate 84th birthday Dr. Richardson B. Glidden will mark his 84th birthday Wednesday without the fanfare that accompanied many of the birthdays of his youth. Glidden is the "Dick" of the once-famed "Glidden triplets" - Tom, Dick and Harry - who were born here May 20, 1931. The three boys apparently were, for years, the community's only triplets. Glidden is now the only survivor. Thomas T. Glidden, a career U.S. Marine colonel, died in Nevada in 2012. Harry R. Glidden, a career U.S. Army colonel, died in Arkansas in 2000. The Gliddens, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Burt R. Glidden, went to local schools and were well known to many Lancastrians - thanks to multiple stories in local newspapers - during their early years. "We couldn't walk around without someone yelling, 'Tom, Dick and Harry, - which one are you?' " Glidden recalls. Dick Glidden attended Manheim Township schools through the ninth grade, after which he transferred to Westtown School in West Chester. He served in the Army National Guard for two years, then graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He practiced as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology in Dover, Delaware. He and his wife, Jean Cook, whom he met in Lancaster, have three daughters and three grandchildren. Last year they moved to Moravian Manor in Lititz. "I'm so pleased to be back in Lancaster County," Glidden says. "I had forgotten how completely beautiful this county is." Coincidentally, Glidden found soon after moving to Moravian Manor that one of his neighbors is Dorothy Keener Snavely. When Tom, Dick and Harry turned 8 years old, as students in the second grade at Brecht Elementary School, they selected the girls who would pull their ears. Dorothy Keener pulled Dick Glidden's ears, which was dutifully reported and pictured in the Lancaster New Era. "It's a small world," Glidden. remarks. Glidden's birthday will be more low-key this year. He plans to spend it with a group of friends who get together every third Wednesday of the month. This month's gathering just happens to fall on Glidden's birthday. So, happy birthday to the last of the Glidden triplets.
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