Biopic could focus on life of local doctor
by Sam Matthews
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Dr. A.R. Glover (right) talks to friend Brent Ives during a 2003 open house in honor of Glover’s retirement at age 93. The longtime local physician, who died in 2006, is the subject of a proposed docudrama.
Dr. A.R. Glover (right) talks to friend Brent Ives during a 2003 open house in honor of Glover’s retirement at age 93. The longtime local physician, who died in 2006, is the subject of a proposed docudrama.
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Dr. Audrey R. Glover, a Tracy physician for more than a half-century, led a long, varied and colorful life before he died in 2006 at the age of 96.

To tell the story of that life, a Tracy woman is beginning to lay the groundwork that could lead to a motion picture of Glover’s story.

Chestene Dean has started gathering information that would serve as the basis of a script for the film, which she describes as a faith-based docudrama with actors portraying Glover and those in his life.

“A lot of people knew Dr. Glover and what he did for the community,” she said. “I want to get in contact with them to learn more about him. I know it’s a fascinating story.”

Glover was born in Arkansas and lived in the Galt-Lodi area before coming to Tracy in 1935 to operate a petroleum distribution company. In the meantime, he was a boxer and manager of boxers.

In 1950, at the age of 40, he earned a medical degree from Loma Linda University and after a year’s residency began practicing medicine here with a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology.

He continued to be active in the practice until he retired in 2003 at the age of 93. While practicing, he was longtime chairman of the board of the San Joaquin Local Health District and founder of a program of providing free flu shots in the Tracy area.

An autobiography, “Glover: an Adventure of Determination, Genius, Humor and Success,” will provide much of the information for the motion picture, but Dean wants to hear more, especially experiences that people had with Glover over the years.

A Tracy resident for the past 10 years, Dean is a member of the Tracy Seventh-day Adventist Church, as Glover was. But she said the movie, while faith-based — meaning a film the whole family could see — would not be limited to a religious message.

While collecting information about Glover for the film, Dean, who has experience in corporate business, is also beginning to raise funds to finance the first phase of its filming. She believes it would take about $62,000 to produce a pilot that would serve as a basis for the film. She said she has received approval from Glover’s family to start the project.

“I have no idea what the total cost of production would be,” she said, “but I have already contacted a nonprofit film-production company specializing in faith-based films, so we will keep it as low as possible.”

• Contact Sam Matthews at 830-4234 or shm@tracypress.com.

 
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