Celebrating the life of Muriel Glasgow

Muriel passed away on November 23, 2013 in New York City at the age of 71. She had two Memorial Services. The first was carried out a week day after her death and the second at Marble Collegiate Church where she was a member. At the latter, about 300 people participated to bid farewell to this humanitarian, active and committed individual.

See more below – provided by her good friend and UNICEF colleague, Agatha Pratt

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Muriel Glasgow was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and worked in the Guyana civil service for a number of years before migrating to the United States in the mid 60’s to further her education and broaden her experiences. Her first job in the States was a clerical position with the firm, Dun and Bradstreet. Muriel joined the United Nations in December 1966, where she spent 32 years working for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She used this opportunity to embolden her efforts towards realizing her dreams and providing changes that would impact the world.

Muriel was a humanitarian, fully committed to changing lives. She was blessed with multiple gifts, abilities and talents that she expertly employed to inspire and bring joy to the many lives she touched. She had a pioneering spirit and positive outlook..

While working at UNICEF, Muriel mastered and developed proficiency in French and Spanish. Languages would become an asset in her work as she championed the cause of the under-served. She was a multifaceted, exceptionally talented, brilliant woman who used her skills in every imaginable way to improve the lives of others. Muriel travelled to several continents and many countries, including Haiti, Togo, Madagascar and Indonesia where she assisted governments and communities in implementing programs to provide clean drinking water, and hygienic and sanitation conditions. She questioned and challenged customary ways of doing things, debated and proposed creative solutions that earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues at UNICEF. There were times she went to places where she was not welcomed as a woman, but she nonetheless went fearlessly, and could be relied upon to participate with substance and tenacity. Muriel could find the bright side even in adversity.

She earned a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University in the late 80’s and with her acquired experience, went back into the field serving in various UNICEF Offices. She was the Assistant Representative for UNICEF in Togo, Senior Program Officer in Haiti, Madagascar, and New York. She did all this while raising a wonderful
son, Gregory who followed in his mother’s foot steps, becoming an accomplished linguist, now living in Japan with his wife.

Although Muriel retired from the UN in 1998, the world and UNICEF remained her platform. She continued to learn foreign languages, adding on to all the others Arabic. She was always coming up with fresh ideas to resolve development problems and until her death, she was actively involved with various projects and initiatives.

Muriel developed her own blog and worked tirelessly on www.unitednationsyak.com and Yakkers’ Corner, where she spoke with and interviewed distinguished high achievers within the UN community. She was a founder of STEM Clubs for Kids – www.stemicuglobal.com with the establishment of Imagination and Creativity Units (ICUs) to introduce science education to young people.

She shared her ideas for achieving a better world with individuals, companies and organizations through her website www.mgassociatesinccom where growth, development and transformation were her benchmarks.

Muriel hosted a blog talk radio show where she interviewed notable guests on social and humanitarian development and those committed to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Millennium Development Goals (MDG). I was privileged to serve as one of her interviewees when I spoke about UNICEF’s program on Preventing Mother to Child Transmission and how I had helped the Ministry of Health in Nepal achieve some measurable goals. We worked together on establishing a site: https://www.aidsconfronted.groupsite.com whose objective was to share information, experiences, frustrations, challenges, opportunities, and partnerships on the ongoing struggles in stamping out this deadly disease – HIV-AIDS. The site also welcomes debates on other health related challenges.

She was the Founder of Moringa Partners Membership Site – www.moringapartners.com – where Moringa adherents exchange ideas and information about the Plant, Moringa Olefeira, and its effect on people and the planet. Muriel was the Co-Founder of the Vihara Foundation whose aim is to deliver sustainable livelihoods for those living in poverty, as well as drive strategies for positive climate action.

Muriel remained connected and committed to her Guyanese roots. She was involved with the Guyana Cultural Association of New York where she worked to preserve and promote Guyana’s rich multicultural heritage. On May 24, 2012, she received the Ambassador of Peace Award from the Universal Peace Federation for her selfless
contribution to global peace, human rights and development with NGOs and UNICEF.

Muriel was the author of three books, Sudden Departure Syndrome, The ABCs of Building Sustainable Relationships and Amazing Gray Hair.

Muriel passed away on November 23, 2013 in New York City at the age of 71. She had two Memorial Services. The first was carried out a week day after her death and the second at Marble Collegiate Church where she was a member. At the latter, about 300 people participated to bid farewell to this humanitarian, active and committed individual. She left a legacy that is applaudable.
–  Agatha Pratt


see also

  • Muriel’s Corner:


  • About Me – by Muriel


  • All Africa/ My Africa Muriel


  • Sudden Departure Syndrome -: Tips for Organizing Your Life Paperback – August 31, 2007



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