John Glenn’s widow turns 97, says she misses him ‘terribly’

Mercury astronaut John Glenn, and his wife, Annie Glenn ride in the back of a limosine with Vice-President Johnson during a parade in Glenn's honor, Feb. 26, 1962, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn’s widow says she misses her husband “terribly” and was touched by the outpouring of love and support when he died two months ago.

Annie Glenn turns 97 on Friday. On Thursday, she made her first public appearance since her husband’s memorial service, a reception at Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, died Dec. 8 at the age of 95.

Annie Glenn tells The Associated Press that she misses him but “there’s nothing I can do about it.”

Accompanied by her daughter, Lyn, Annie Glenn kissed hands and chatted Thursday as several dozen faculty, staff and students celebrated her birthday over cake and coffee. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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