As part of an extensive UVA family (father Paul-College ’52, Law ’55; uncle Stanley-College ’49; brothers Jon, Peter, Andrew and Daniel-College ’79, ’85, ’88 and ’93), Glenn attended UVA from 1978 to 1982, graduating from the College. After graduation, he became a government bond trader with Citibank in New York City. In 1985, Glenn joined Security Pacific Bank, where he pioneered an electronic government bond option trading system. Glenn landed the job on a ski lift in Austria where he pitched the idea to a SecPac senior executive. In 1994, he joined Cantor Fitzgerald, the world’s leading government bond broker. In 1998, he became a partner in Cantor. Then, as head of product development, Glenn was instrumental in Cantor’s development of eSpeed, Inc., an electronic trading platform company. Glenn was the husband of Joan Boswell (’83) and the father of two boys, Miles and Troy, ages 10 and 7 at the time. He and Joan kept their connection to Virginia through frequent visits, generous donations and close contact with the many friends each of them had made in Charlottesville.
During his time in Charlottesville, Glenn took full advantage of University life. He was a member and officer of Sigma Chi fraternity. A love of new challenges, Glenn walked on as a catcher for freshman baseball before being injured as a first year. Characteristically, he chose a little-known, self-directed major in American Studies. He was the “Consumer Advocate” columnist for the Cavalier Daily. Anxious to make his mark in business from the beginning, in his final year he managed promotions for a Charlottesville nightclub and started a line of skiwear.
Those who had the good fortune to know Glenn say he possessed a rare combination of attributes that included warmth and openness; a piercing, explosive intellect; leadership; fearless determination; a capability for original and creative thought; true generosity and wisdom; and a vast capacity for silliness. Among his friends, Glenn was the person that everyone would seek out for advice. He challenged those around him to make themselves better, he led by example, and he eagerly sought opportunities to lend a hand to his friends and family.
From UVA Today (July 30, 2021):
Silly and Paternal and Driven: Scholarship Embodies Glenn Kirwin’s Life
Miles is currently a Senior Consultant in Strategy and Operations at Deloitte Consulting in New York City. He received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in June, 2019. He is a Captain in the Army Reserves having served four years active duty in the 101st Airbourne Division. He graduated from UVA in 2013 with a B.A. in Economics.
Troy is currently in Corporate Development at Unity Technologies in San Francisco. He previously worked as an Investing Banking Analyst at Jefferies in New York City. He graduated from UVA in 2016 with a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce with concentrations in marketing and finance.