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Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Passing of Annie Glenn

May 19, 2020
Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) issued the following statement today in memory of Annie Glenn:

“Annie Glenn may have been better known as the wife of former astronaut and Senator John Glenn, but in addition to being the hero behind the hero, she was also accomplished in her own right. 

She met great challenges in her life learning to overcome a severe stutter and became a highly sought after speaker. The American Speech and Hearing Association presents its annual Annie Award to an individual who exemplifies the invincible spirit of Annie Glenn, a tireless advocate for those with communication disorders. Her work at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs will long be remembered and she was widely admired for her work on behalf of those who have disabilities. She was an inspiration to students at the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University, where she served as an adjunct professor.

“I offer my condolences to her children and grandchildren. Annie Glenn’s life of service to others, both public and private, can be an example to us all.”

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