Obituary to UKZN publisher Glenn Cowley

2011-05-19 00:00

GLENN Cowley (67), former publisher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, has died in Johannesburg after a short illness.

Cowley was publisher at UKZN Press for 11 years until his retirement in July 2009.

A graduate of the University of Natal, he was SRC president when the National Union of Students, of which he was a member, invited Senator Robert Kennedy to speak on the Durban campus.

Cowley subsequently studied at Harvard and Oxford universities. He then went into publishing, working for Random House in New York. He then started and ran a literary agency for 12 years with a friend.

In an interview in The Witness, Cowley said he returned to South Africa in the early 1990s “for a look” and decided to stay. He became involved with Enterprise magazine and then with the Independent Electoral Commission while continuing as a consultant to publishers and magazines.

Cowley was appointed publisher of the university press in 1998 and went on to establish it as a major player in the South African publishing industry producing a wide range of titles, including novels and poetry.

“Through his vision and leadership Glenn developed the press into a well known and respected scholarly publishing house with worldwide connections, and an impressive list and author base,” said current UKZN Press publisher, Debra Primo.

Cowley leaves his wife, Fiona, his sister Anne, brother-in-law Carl and several nieces and nephews. — Witness Reporter.

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