Magazine article The Christian Century

John H. Glenn Jr

Magazine article The Christian Century

John H. Glenn Jr

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* John H. Glenn Jr., best known as the first American to orbit the earth, who was also a lifelong Presbyterian, died December 8 in Columbus, Ohio, at age 95.

Glenn was raised in New Concord, Ohio, and attended Westminster Presbyterian Church with his family. His mother was the first female ruling elder ordained in the congregation, where his father also served on the congregation's governing body, or session.

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Glenn and his wife, Annie, continued to visit Westminster, the last time they came to worship being seven or eight years ago, said George St. Clair, a ruling elder.

"We've always been proud of them," St. Clair said.

Selected as an astronaut by the newly formed NASA in 1959, Glenn manned the first American orbital mission in 1962 aboard the Friendship 7 space capsule, orbiting the earth three times in the nearly five-hour mission.

Following his retirement from NASA and from the Marine Corps as a colonel, Glenn became a U. …

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