Glenna Goodacre, American (1939 - )

Glenna Goodacre

Glenna Maxey Goodacre (born August 28, 1939 in Lubbock, Texas) is a sculptor best known for having designed the obverse of the Sacagawea dollar that entered circulation in the United States in 2000, and the Vietnam Women's Memorial located in Washington, D.C..

Goodacre's father, Homer Glen Maxey, who died in July 1990, was a prominent Lubbock builder, developer and civic leader. A graduate of Texas Tech University in 1931, he was the first president of the Red Raider Club. He served on the Lubbock City Council from 1956 to 1960. A 100-acre (0.40 km2) city park bears the name of Homer Maxey's father, James Barney Maxey (1881–1953), who was Glenna's paternal grandfather. James Maxey was also a prodigious builder and civic leader in Lubbock and the South Plains. Goodacre graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock. She then completed studies at Colorado College and classes at the Art Students League in New York. She moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1983.

In March 2007, while in Santa Fe, Goodacre suffered a fall and head injury. After initially being taken to St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe Goodacre was transferred to the Craig Hospital brain trauma center in Englewood, Colorado, after a fall injury sent her into a coma on March 13, 2007. An MRI disclosed that Goodacre had a massive head injury. Goodacre's husband, C.L. Mike Schmidt, told reporters, "We don't know if Glenna fainted and fell, or had a mini-stroke and fell." Schmidt reported on April 9, 2007, that his wife had made major progress in the preceding three days. In August 2007, she returned home from the hospital. On January 18, 2008, Goodacre was well enough to unveil her new sculpture "Crossing the Prairie" at the St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. She is reported to have recovered very well but had lingering problems with concentration because of aphasia.

She is the mother of 1980s supermodel Jill Goodacre.

Glenna Goodacre retired from sculpting in 2016.

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