Glenna Goodacre, the sculptor best known for creating the statue that is the centerpiece of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., died April 13 of natural causes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 80 years old. Her other noted works include the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia and the Sacagawea dollar coin.
“My desire to create a lasting tribute to the American women serving in Vietnam is founded upon my deep respect for each of them, and my heartfelt payer for their ‘healing and hope,’” Goodacre said of her statue of three servicewomen tended to a wounded soldier. “I have been humbled by the enormity of such a task yet incredibly honored by the overwhelming gratitude of the veterans. The emphasis of this tribute is centered on their emotions: their compassion, their anxiety, their fatigue, and above all, their dedication.”