Former astronaut, senator John Glenn doing well after surgery

Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:18pm EDT

Retired astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn looks on during the first day of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) meeting in New York, September 23, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Retired astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn looks on during the first day of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) meeting in New York, September 23, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Related Topics

(Reuters) - Former astronaut and Senator John Glenn is resting comfortably at home in Columbus, Ohio, after undergoing heart valve surgery, a spokesman for Ohio State University said on Wednesday.

Glenn, 92, who was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962 and flew on the space shuttle Discovery in 1998, had the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic last month, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at OSU.

"He is fine, he is recuperating well and is in good spirits and in great shape," Wilson said. "Everything went well. He's well."

A veteran of World War Two and the Korean War who became a test pilot and an astronaut, Glenn served six terms in the U.S. Senate. He turns 93 in July.

Wilson said the surgery was minimally invasive and Glenn checks in with his office by telephone at the Glenn School several times a week.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Jim Loney)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (2)
REnninga wrote:
“Godspeed, John Glenn!”

Jun 11, 2014 9:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Hermitian wrote:
John Glenn, you are a hero of my generation.

Jun 12, 2014 2:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.