Produce industry mourns longtime member Robert Glasser
Robert R. Glasser, a member of the produce industry for more than 60 years, died peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 22. He was 87.
Mr. Glasser was born Nov. 20, 1933 in Los Angeles to Jacob and Rose Glasser. He joined his father in the family-owned food importing, processing and distribution business Torn & Glasser after graduating from UCLA and serving a two-year commitment with the US Army, first in in El Paso and then finishing in Hollywood.
For over 60 years, Mr. Glasser started his workday at 2 a.m., opening across from the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. He lived life to the fullest and epitomized “work hard, play hard.” When he wasn’t building the business, he maximized every opportunity to enjoy life.
Mr. Glasser's affinity for the food industry extended to planning his days around meals, dining out and tracking the world’s most renowned restaurants. He was a natural explorer who spent extended time in San Diego, as well as extensively traveling Mexico and Europe with a focus on historical sites. He took great pleasure in gourmet cooking and enjoyed a keen appreciation for food, art, history, jazz and classical music, but his passions didn’t stop there.
Mr. Glasser was recognized by international publications as an expert model plane and ship builder. He took professional quality photographs on his travels, documenting and artfully sharing his discoveries with friends and family. Mr. Glasser embraced adventure, from sport fishing to navigating the ocean on his catamaran. He avidly played and competed in duplicate bridge. He loved playing tennis, from his days at Marshall High School in Los Feliz, to playing with J.D. Morgan at UCLA, and then for 50 more years.
As a native Angeleno, he was always a Rams fan, and he remained loyal to his Bruins with season tickets to the Coliseum, Pauley Pavilion and Rose Bowl for generations. He was a voracious reader and had a soft spot for animals; he was an icon in the neighborhood for walking his dogs. He inspired those who worked with him, many of whom expressed deep gratitude for his friendship and guidance for decades.
He was a devoted husband to Donna, beloved father to Fred (Mary), Greg (Lissette), and Lisa (Maarten), and adored grandfather to Gabriel, Andrew, Adam, Jacob and Maia.