Annie Glenn was born Anna Margaret Castor on February 17, 1920, to Homer and Margaret Castor of Columbus, Ohio. In 1923, Dr. Castor and his family moved to New Concord, Ohio, where they became friends with the family of John Hershel Glenn, Sr. Annie and John Glenn, Jr., were childhood playmates, then high school sweethearts, and after John received his commission in the Marine Corps, they were married on April 6, 1943.
Like John Glenn, Annie attended New Concord public schools and continued her education at Muskingum College. An accomplished organist, she received a BS degree in 1942, with majors in music and education.
Her parents, Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Castor, had graduated from Muskingum College in 1919 and 1917, respectively. Her sister, Mrs. James (Jane) Hosey, is a 1944 Muskingum graduate. The Glenns have two children: John David (born December 13, 1945) and Carolyn Ann (born March 19, 1947).
Like her father, Annie Glenn has had a severe stuttering problem all her life. In 1973, she completed an intensive program at the Communications Research Institute at Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia, and although she does not consider herself “cured,” she now speaks freely and gives speeches at public events.
Always active in community service, Annie Glenn has had a lifelong interest in programs for children, the elderly, and the handicapped. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Center for Survivors of Childhood Abuse and serves on the Advisory Board for the National First Ladies’ Library. She serves on the National Deafness and other Communication Disorders Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health. She is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the Central Ohio Speech and Hearing Association.
In 1983, she received the first national award of the American Speech and Hearing Association for “providing an inspiring model for people with communicative disorders.” In 1987, the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action honored her by asking her to present the first annual Annie Glenn Award for achieving distinction despite a communication disorder. Mr. James Earl Jones was the first recipient of the Annie Glenn Award.
With her husband, Annie Glenn serves on the Board of Trustees of Muskingum College and travels with him on most of his trips to Ohio, lending a hand as navigator and radio operator when they fly in their own plane.
Her other memberships have included the Ohio Board of Child Abuse, the Board of Columbus (Ohio) Speech and Hearing Center, and the Society of Sponsors.
In private life, Annie Glenn enjoys family activities, especially with her two grandsons. She has a long-standing interest in American folk arts and crafts and collects quilts and other needlework as well as historical household items from the small towns of Ohio.