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Glenna Goodacre (1939–2020), sculptor who created the Vietnam Women’s Memorial

by Linnea Crowther

Glenna Goodacre was a sculptor best known for creating the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and designing the Sacagawea dollar coin.

Notable work

One of Goodacre’s best-known pieces is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, installed on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1993. It depicts three military nurses helping a wounded soldier. Goodacre designed a statue of Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) that was unveiled at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, in 1998. In 1999, she won a nationwide competition to design a dollar coin honoring Sacagawea, the Native American woman who guided Lewis and Clark as they explored the west. Goodacre also designed the 2004 Children’s Medal of Honor that was awarded to Laura Bush, as well as a Philadelphia memorial to the Irish people who died in the 19th century Great Famine. Goodacre was the mother of supermodel Jill Goodacre, who is married to singer Harry Connick, Jr.

Goodacre on the roots of her art

“I’ve always liked portraying people, ever since I started tracing comic books in grade school. I never did do horses or other animals. That just wasn’t my thing.” —from a 2009 interview with Southwest Art

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What people said about her

Full obituary: Albuquerque Journal

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