Annie Glenn, a life well lived

           Annie Glenn, a life well lived 

It is with profound sadness that the staff, board, and volunteers of the John and Annie Glenn Museum have learned of the death of our beloved Anna Margaret Castor Glenn (Annie).    Her passing brings a sense of immeasurable national sadness and loss.   As a country, we have lost a woman of national prominence, one who is linked to historic national accomplishment through her husband, and in her own right courageously stands as one who while in the national limelight faced, persevered, and persisted until she conquered a lifelong dysfluency in communication.

This remarkable personal accomplishment was recognized in 1983, when she received the first national award of the American Speech and Hearing Association and again in 1987, when the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action awarded the first annual Annie Glenn Award for achieving distinction despite a communication disorder.   On February 17, 2020 a century of commitment, compassion and courage were honored on her 100th birthday.

For the Village of New Concord, Muskingum University, and East Muskingum Schools, Annie’s passing is a much more personal loss for we have lost a dear and trusted friend.  She walked where we walk. She understood the significance of family, small town, and community involvement. She attended the New Concord public schools and graduated from New Concord High School (1938) and Muskingum College (1942).   Annie played the trombone, piano, and organ and was in the town band and school orchestra. Her father, Dr. Homer Castor, was the town dentist, and Annie worked in his dental office in the summers, developing X-rays and keeping his records.

Beyond sharing stories of her remarkable recognitions and her husband’s unparalleled achievements, we, as a museum that carries her name, are committed to keeping alive Annie’s inspiring legacy of humility, kindness, persistence, and genuine love for all people.   It has been and will continue to be our privilege and responsibility to tell this remarkable story to each new generation.

The Board and Staff welcome community members to send their messages of condolences and sympathies to the John and Annie Glenn Museum at P.O. Box 107, New Concord, Ohio 43762. They will be shared with Annie’s family.