Above: Goodacre's death was announced on Instagram by her son-in-law, musician Harry Connick, Jr.

Renowned sculptor and painter Glenna Goodacre, who created the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, passed away April 13.

Goodacre’s death was announced on Instagram by her son-in-law, musician Harry Connick, Jr.:


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i write this with a very heavy heart. jill’s mom, glenna goodacre, died last night. jilly says, “i lost my mother, hero and best friend today, and my heart is completely broken. she was one of the most celebrated artists of all time, and yet she always said that her greatest pieces were her two children. i will miss her love, laughter, and humor.” i posted some of glenna’s most incredible works of art: the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington DC, the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia, and the Sacajawea Dollar Coin. glenna was a great hero of mine, too – she personified strength and resolve. i’ve loved her deeply since i first met her when i was 22. i love you so much, glenna. you will always be a role model to me and, more importantly, to our daughters. you will forever be in my heart. please pray for my jilly and her family. thank y’all so much… ❤️

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Born in Lubbock, Texas, Goodacre was known mainly for her sculptures. Her work included the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia and the Sacagawea Dollar Coin.

Famous Sculptor Glenna Goodacre, 1939-2020
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Glenna Goodacre created the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, which resides on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Family members say Goodacre died Monday night of natural causes, according to the Associated Press. She is survived by her husband, two children and five grandchildren.


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