Glenn A. Baxter, 1961
Radio communications and worked to help people in times of crisis.
For his many accomplishments in radio communications and his work to help people in times of crisis, Vermont Academy honors a 1961 graduate, Glenn Baxter, with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award (1992).
Baxter’s interest in radio began at Vermont Academy, where he set up an amateur station and made contact with an Operator in Spain. He attended Northwestern University and studied industrial engineering before transferring to the University of Rhode Island and earning his degree. He also completed business administration studies at the University of Iowa while working as an engineer. He was a consultant, an engineer, and ran an electronics business in Maine before founding the International Amateur Radio Network (IARN) in 1985. The IARN is now a volunteer radio emergency communications system with 4,500 members in 80 countries. It has provided service to the Red Cross and press organizations during international communications crisis caused by natural disasters.
In addition to producing programs that are broadcast worldwide, Baxter’s organization has also set up independent stations in strife torn regions, and established an IARN Amateur Radio Peace Corp Foundation. In 1991, the State of Maine Senate and the House of Representatives formally recognized Glen Baxter’s international work.