I spent Saturday afternoon watching the memorial service for John Glenn, televised from OSU’s Mershon Auditorium, as did many others around the country and here in Ohio. I thought back to the time I met him and got his autograph on a dinner napkin after his election to the U.S. Senate. And, I thought back just a few years to when we presented our annual Ohio Philanthropy Award to him and Annie, and was sorry that not one of the many eloquent eulogists mentioned his deep commitment to philanthropy.
I went back to the press release we sent in 2012, announcing John and Annie Glenn’s selection for that year’s award by our Board of Trustees to remind myself of their philanthropy:
“When Ohioans think of who best represents the highest values of philanthropy and community service, two names are universally recognized: John and Annie Glenn. Their records of selfless service are unsurpassed in this generation, as exemplified by:
- Their support of alma mater Muskingum University;
- Establishing scholarships for needy students;
- Creating the John Glenn School for Public Affairs at The Ohio State University;
- Glenn’s outreach to people with speech and hearing difficulties; and
- Glenn’s 24 years of U.S. Senator.
A hundred years from now, when Americans think of great Ohioans, the names of John and Annie Glenn will come to mind. They humble us by the example they set of lifetime service to Ohio and America.”
In addition to his space flights and years in the Senate, these are the accomplishments I will remember.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold