We have received the sad news that Class IV Fellow R. Glen Ayers,
"a force of nature in a bow tie," passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Horry County, South Carolina on December 15, 1947. Glen graduated from Clemson University in 1969, received a Master's degree from the University of North Carolina in 1971, served in the U.S. Army from 1971-72 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1975. He received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1979.
Glen's early legal career took him to Dallas; San Antonio; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Oxford, Mississippi, then in 1981, Glen and Jan returned to San Antonio where Glen served on the faculty of St. Mary's University School of Law. He served as Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas from 1985-1988. After working for a national law firm in Washington, D.C., Glen returned to San Antonio and joined the bankruptcy practice of Langley & Banack in 1996.
Glen was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy Litigation from 1995 to the present, as well as a Texas Super Lawyer from 2003 to the present. He received the San Antonio Business Journal's Outstanding Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, in recognition of his tremendous impact on the San Antonio legal community.
Glen leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Jan, his son Roderick III, his daughter Claudia and her husband George, granddaughter Ellie and many family members and friends from South Carolina, Texas, DC and beyond.
Glen was an avid supporter of Clemson University athletics and proudly wore orange to support his team. Glen and Jan enjoyed traveling nationally and internationally, as well as spending time at their condo in Port Aransas. He was a voracious reader and history buff and enjoyed sharing his many stories. Glen's greatest joy came from being PaPa to his granddaughter Ellie. Glen's impact will be felt for many years to come through the countless people he touched as a judge, attorney, and friend.
Shari A. Bedker, CPA
American College of Bankruptcy