© 2022 WYSO
Our Community. Our Nation. Our World.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Annie Glenn, Activist And Widow Of John Glenn, Dies Of COVID-19

Annie Glenn, the wife of the late astronaut, Senator and presidential candidate John Glenn, has died of complications from COVID-19.

Anna Castor was born in Columbus in 1920 and when she was 3 she moved to New Concord in Muskingum County, where her family met the family of John Glenn.

They were high school sweethearts and were married through his trips to space and to Washington for a total of 73 years till his death in 2016.

Annie Glenn seemed inseparable from her famous husband. But she was admired for her work too.

She was an adjunct professor in the speech pathology department at Ohio State University and an activist for people with disabilities. She talked about her own struggles in an interview with the Ohio Channel in 2012.

“I grew up with a hard problem, too, being such a severe stutterer – I was 85%. I could hardly talk," she said.

The American Speech Language and Hearing Association created an award named for her to honor people who’ve overcome communication disorders.

Annie Glenn died at a nursing home in Minnesota, near her family. She was 100.  She’ll be buried with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery.

Copyright 2020 The Statehouse News Bureau. To see more, visit The Statehouse News Bureau.

Anna Castor Glenn
Ohio History Connection /
/
Anna Castor Glenn

Annie and John Glenn at a Statehouse event promoting the iCivics online program in May 2015.
Karen Kasler /
/
Annie and John Glenn at a Statehouse event promoting the iCivics online program in May 2015.

Annie Glenn touches her husband's casket as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016.
Ohio Channel /
/
Annie Glenn touches her husband's casket as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse on December 16, 2016.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.
Karen Kasler
Contact Karen at 614/578-6375 or at kkasler@statehousenews.org.