Annie Glenn, wife of dead astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, died of coronovirus

Annie Glenn, wife of dead astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, died of coronovirus
Annie Glenn, wife of dead astronaut and US Senator John Glenn, died of coronovirus

Columbus, Ohio - Annie Glenn, widow of US astronaut and Senator John Glenn and advocate for communication disorders, died Tuesday at age 100.

Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the Ohio State University's Glenn College of Public Affairs, said Glenn died of COVID-19 complications at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minnesota.

At the time of John Glenn's death in 2016, the two had been married for 73 years. She had moved from a shared apartment in Columbus in recent years and moved in with her daughter, Lynn, according to Wilson.

Annie Glenn was brought to the spotlight in 1962, when her husband became the first American to orbit the Earth. She did not get media attention due to her serious attitude.

Later, she undertook an intensive program at the Communications Research Institute of the University of Holland, Roanke, Hollins University in Virginia, in which she was given the skills to control her stammering and speak publicly.

When 77-year-old John Glenn returned to space in spacecraft Discovery in 1998, Annie demonstrated that she was comfortable in her public role when she admitted she had reservations about the retired senator's second flight.

A NASA interviewer reported that John had announced a year earlier that she would retire as a senator, so she expected him to be mine as he handed over our government for 55 years.

In her career advocating for people suffering from communication disorders, many children were serving on the advisory boards of speech, and abusive organizations. The Annie Glenn Award was created to honor those who overcome communication disorders.

In 1998, Secretary of Defense William Cohen awarded Annie Glenn the Department of Defense Medal for outstanding public service. She called her "a heroine in herself", and praised her for being a strong voice for "children, and speech". Communication, and the handicapped. "

In 2009, Glenn received an honorary doctorate of public service from Ohio State, where he served as an assistant professor of speech pathology in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The department annually awards Annie Glenn Leadership.

Glenn was born Anna Margaret Castor on 17 February 1920 in Columbus. She met her husband while he was growing up in New Concord.

She was offered an organ scholarship to The Juliard School, but World War II began and John proposed, so he decided to live with him, according to a biography on the Glenn College website.

The high school boyfriend studied at Muskingum College and married in 1943. They had two children, David and Lynn.

Glenn named the university's governing board, now Muskingum University, and Annie Glenn a distinguished alumnus scholar in oral communication at the school.

A virtual memorial service will be held on Saturday June 6, 2020 at 11 am. EDT. The service will be conducted by Rev. Amy Miracle, pastor of Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus. This memorial will not be virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Her two children survived him.

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