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    (February 17, 1920-May 19, 2020)
    Born in Columbus, Ohio
    Birth name was Anna Margaret Castor
    Wife of astronaut and Senator John Glenn (m. 1943)
    Member of the Astronaut Wives Club
    Advocate for people with disabilities and communication disorders
    Her father was a dentist.
    She shied away from the media early on because of her stutter.
    Her husband angered then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson by begging off his invitation to meet, with the excuse that she was in bed with a migraine, to spare her from the attention.
    She admitted that she had reservations about her husband’s second flight into space, saying: 'John had announced one year before that he was going to retire as a senator, so I was looking forward to having him as my own because I had given him to our government for 55 years!'
    She and John were childhood playmates and high school sweethearts. They were married for 73 years.
    She overcame her debilitating speech impairment at age 53 after attending a three-week treatment program.
    She received the first national award from the American Speech and Hearing Association for 'providing an inspiring model for people with communicative disorders.'
    She became an adjunct professor with the speech pathology department at Ohio State University.
    She and her fellow Mercury Project wives influenced fashion and consumerism after public appearances (pearls, red lipstick, station wagons).
    She and John were friends and supporters of Bobby Kennedy and were present on the night that he was murdered.

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