John Glenn: Muskingum Alumnus, Trustee, and Distinguished Alumni Professor
Muskingum University, the State of Ohio, The Ohio State University, and the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s historic orbit of the Earth on February 20
which has been designated as “John Glenn Friendship 7 Day.”
Students and alumni from Muskingum and OSU will
participate in “Join Forces for Service” on February 17, in honor of
John and Annie Glenn’s commitment to giving back to others.
The United States Congress awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal to John Glenn last November. This is our
country’s highest civilian award. Senator Glenn served in the U.S.
Senate, representing Ohio, for 24 years and in 1998, at the age of 77,
he returned to orbit aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
Senator Glenn’s careers in the space program, in
the military, in business, and in politics have not diminished his
involvement with his alma mater. Senator Glenn is an active member of
Muskingum’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Annie Castor Glenn ’42, is
an emeritus trustee. Senator Glenn was named a Distinguished Alumni
Professor in Public Affairs at Muskingum in 1998, the same year in which
Annie was named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow in Speech Communication.
In addition to “Joining Forces for Service,” the following activities are planned:
Orbit Media (Orbit TV and WMCO) will offer
commemorative programming on February 20. In 1998, Muskingum’s student
radio station became “The Orbit” as part of a student-initiated action
that marked the Senator’s return to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
Muskingum’s Library will highlight Senator Glenn’s career with a special display.
Projects and displays are scheduled at the John
and Annie Glenn Historic Site, of which Muskingum University is a major
partner. To visit the museum’s site, click here.
For more about John Glenn’s life in New Concord, click here for The John Glenn Story video, a half-hour video (1963) from the National Archives.