Statement by Executive Dean Ken Johnson on Senator John Glenn’s Passing

Dec 13, 2016

Sen. John Glenn accepting Phillips Medal Frank Myers, D.O., dean, left, congratulates Senator Glenn upon receiving the Phillips Medal. Senator Glenn delivered the keynote address at the medical school’s 1979 Convocation Ceremony. Donald Spencer, center, chair of the Ohio University Board of Trustees, invested Senator Glenn with the Phillips Medal. In 1979, Mr. Spencer became the first African American to chair the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

“On behalf of our college community, I extend our deepest condolences to the Honorable John Glenn’s family," said Ken Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. U.S. Senator John Glenn was a 1979 recipient of the Heritage College’s Phillips Medal of Public Service in recognition of public policy leadership exemplifying the best tradition of democratic concern for the public good and public welfare. Last year, when graciously declining our request to deliver the keynote address at our commencement ceremony for medical reasons, Senator Glenn said he was proud to have supported the founding of our osteopathic medical school in 1975