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Lawyer Annie Glenn, widow of the late astronaut and Senator John Glenn, died at the age of 100 due to complications from Covid-19. Glenn, who has been talking about stuttering since childhood, spent the second half of his life advocating for people with speech impairments and teaching speech therapy as an assistant professor at Ohio State University.
Annie Glenn, a lifelong advocate for those with speech impediments and wife of the late astronaut John Glenn, has died of complications from Covid-19. She was 100. https://t.co/tUvZig3vqy
— CNN (@CNN) May 19, 2020
Annie Glenn Age
She was 100 years old.
Annie Glenn Early Life and Family
Glenn was born on February 17, 1920 in Ohio. She died on May 19, 2020 in Minnesota. She was predeceased by her late husband, astronaut and senator John Glenn in 2016. She is survived by her son John David Glenn, daughter Carolyn Ann Glenn and two grandchildren.
Annie Glenn Education
She graduated from Muskingum College in 1942 with a diploma in music and education and married John Glenn, then a pilot with the US Marine Corps, the following year. In the 1970s and 1980s, Glenn told the press that for most of her life, she had struggled with shopping, placing orders in restaurants, and making calls. When her husband became the first American to orbit Earth in 1962, she found herself interacting with journalists and dignitaries and often letting her children speak for her.
“I have never been able to pronounce a whole sentence. Sometimes I would open my mouth and nothing would come out, “she told the New York Times NYT in 1980.
After taking a fluency course in 1973, Glenn found himself able to take on these daily interactions for the first time – and his public speaking engagements. “It’s like a bird coming out of a cage,” she recalls in an interview with the New York Times a decade later. From 1974, Glenn played an active role in her husband’s political campaigns, first for a seat in the Ohio Senate, then for an unsuccessful candidacy for president in 1984.
But she had an active career alone, defending the resources, understanding and acceptance of people with speech impairments.
“She fought her condition, of course, but she also fought for the public’s broad understanding of stuttering, for the idea that stutterers were not only shy, they were not intelligent, they didn’t “Weren’t social outcasts,” wrote David B. Shribman, editor-in-chief Emeritus Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to the Boston Globe in February. Shribman is also a stutterer forever and wrote to mark Glenn’s 100th birthday, reported the New York Times.