Annie Glenn, widow of astronaut John Glenn, dead at 100 from coronavirus
by Yaron Steinbuch/New York Post
Annie Glenn, the widow of astronaut and US Sen. John Glenn who became an inspiration to people with disabilities around the globe by overcoming a severe stutter, died Tuesday at age 100.
Glenn died of complications from the coronavirus at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minnesota, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
Her husband died at age 95 in 2016, when the two had been married for 73 years.
Annie, as everyone knew her, was thrust into the spotlight in 1962, when her husband became the first American to orbit Earth — but she shied away from the spotlight because of her stutter as he became a household name.
She underwent an intensive program at the Communications Research Institute at Hollins College — now Hollins University — in Roanoke, Virginia, and learned how to speak in public while controlling her impediment.
Annie was born Anna Margaret Castor in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 17, 1920, and her father, a dentist, moved the family to New Concord when she was 3.
After moving to the new town, her parents joined a monthly card club that included John Glenn’s parents, according to the Columbus Dispatch.