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Stephen H. Gluck, Coffee Expert

Longtime Wilton resident Stephen H. Gluck, an expert in the coffee industry, died at his home on Nov. 13 at the age of 80.

After spending the majority of his life in the green coffee industry, it became an avocation for Gluck, who chose "COFFEE" as his license plate.

While working in the coffee industry, he had the opportunity to live in Honduras, Ecuador, Guatemala and San Francisco early in his career before returning to the East Coast to join Imperial Commodities Corp. in New York in 1962, becoming president in 1974. In 1984, he joined Cargill Inc., becoming managing director of its London coffee division until retiring in 1994.

Gluck received a number of awards for his service to the coffee industry, including one from Ramacafe, Nicaragua, in 2004 and TechnoServe in 2003. He was also an honorary lifetime member of the Pacific Coast Coffee Association and the Green Coffee Association.

Born in Ulm, Germany, Gluck moved to Syracuse, N.Y., with his parents as a boy. He attended St. Lawrence University and graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Hispanic American Studies.

He is survived by his wife Katherine Hall Gluck; five children Dia Potter, Stephen Gluck, Jr., Cecily Sachi, Eugenie Coleman and Daniel Gluck and their families; stepchildren, Erin Bell and Brian Bell; and sister Irene Robertson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Wilton Congregational Church, 70 Ridgefield Road. Donations in Gluck's memory can be made to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897.

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