Nathan H. Glick

June 10, 1912October 16, 2012

Nathan Harold Glick passed away October 15th. Nate, as he was fondly called, was born June 10, 1912 in Leeds, AL. He had innate artistic sensibility that his mother encouraged. By age six, his work could be found on the Children’s Page of the Birmingham News. At age 16, he graduated high school in Montgomery and moved to New York City to formally study art. He returned to Montgomery in the late 1930’s and his love for Alabama history began in earnest. He illustrated many books and several textbooks. One author, Marie Bankhead Owen, later became the Dir. of the AL. Dept. of Archives & History. She commissioned him to design the monumental bronze doors for the Archives Building in Montgomery. These doors contain scenes from eight AL history events. In WWII, he became a topographical engineer and a combat artist, depicting battle scenes from the back of a fighter plane. Back stateside, he met his future wife, Esther Weil, at Maxwell Air Force Base. They married in Montgomery in 1946 and moved to Birmingham where he served as Associate Art Editor and Illustrator for Progressive Farmer Magazine, 1957 – 1977. He continued in his art: painting murals for the U.S. Forestry Museum in Broken Bow, OK and illustrating books on Southern Native Americans. In 2003, Nate designed the murals for the 1790 Creek Indian Town display at the Birmingham Museum of Art. In 2009, the Southern Museum of Flight honored him for his WWII aviation illustrations and established the Nathan Glick Award, an annual grant for deserving young artists, in his honor. Nate was preceded in death by his parents, Jane Klein Glick and Leo Glick. He is survived by beloved friends and family including his wife, Esther Weil Glick, his daughters, Stephanie Lee and Roseanne Glick, son-in-law Leon Van Gelderen and grandchildren Jenna and Will Van Gelderen.

The life of Nathan Harold Glick will be celebrated October 18th with 1:00 – 2:30 pm visitation at Ridout’s Valley Chapel located at 1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. and graveside services at 3:00 pm at Elmwood Cemetery, 600 MLK Jr. Drive, Birmingham, AL.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 18, 2012
  • Graveside Service Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nathan H. Glick

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December 2, 2012

I wish you were here to celebrate my birthday with me!

Mariellan Morris

October 30, 2012

Stephanie, Your father was always a delight! I will always remember how sweet both of your parents were to open their home to all of us girls for many spend-the night birthday parties. Over the years I have enjoyed seeing them in the village. My heart goes out to your family as you learn to live without him.
Mariellan DeWine Morris

October 19, 2012

Nate was a dear friend and I shall carry him in my thoughts forever.
Franklin Feinberg

Lynn Boyd

October 18, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of Nathan's passing. I loved talking with him and hearing all of his stories when I worked at the J. My heart is truly broken for your family. I will pray for you all and may God bring all of you the peace and healing you need at this time.

Catherine Riess

October 18, 2012

Nathan was a treasure to the Balzli family and in so many ways, a treasure to the city of Mountain Brook and the Birmingham Museum of Art. I will sorely miss him.

Christine Kovacevich

October 18, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the Glick Family. Nathan was a kind, interesting and talented man who will be greatly missed.

Mark van Geldeen

October 18, 2012

It was an honor to know and be in the presence of these fine people. Certainly an example for all.

Lisa Harlan-Belcher

October 17, 2012

Stephanie I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was the most wonderful man. My family all adored him. I will miss his interesting stories. You and your family are in my prayers. Hugs.

Robert Rutstein

October 17, 2012

I always looked forward to talking to Nathan Glick at the JCC. We had delightful conversations with always a touch of humor. I will miss him and send condolences to the Glick family. Rest in peace Mr. Glick.

Robert P. Rutstein, Birmingham

October 17, 2012

Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear of "NaNa's passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love Kelly