Arthur Gleim Dies

Famed California jeweler Arthur Gleim, of Palo Alto, Calif., died Nov. 26, 2007. He was 91. Gleim, whose father Frederick founded Gleim the Jeweler in 1931, was a well-known fixture in the jewelry industry, just as his business—comprising three stores—is a fixture in Palo Alto. He gave generously of his time to the industry and served as president of the American Gem Society, California Jewelers Association, and Jewelers of America. Gleim sat on the Gemological Institute of America board of governors from 1961 to 1966 and then again from 1970 to 1981. He served as GIA chairman from 1974 to 1981, and was made governor emeritus on July 29, 1985. To date, he remains the only member of the industry to have held all of those positions. "He and [Richard T.] Liddicoat were very close friends from the time Dad took his GIA classes in the mid-1950s," says his daughter, Georgie Gleim, cu

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