Glenna Goodacre was born in Lubbock Texas
August 28, 1939. She graduated
from Monterey High School. Glenna began her sculpting
career with timid beginning of a six-inch study of her
daughter Jill, Goodacre. She went on to sculpt over 40 important portrait
commissions including the standing figure of president Ronald W.
Reagan at the National Cowboy Heritage Center, the Reagan
Presidential Library and the Vietnam Women's Memorial located in
Washington, D.C. Her most famous piece may be the rendering for
the face that appears on the Sacagawea dollar coin.
Goodacre's art appears in public, private, municipal and museum
collections throughout the U.S. In 2004, her bronze portrait of West
Point Coach Colonel Earl "Red" Blaik was dedicated at the National
College Football Hall Of Fame. In 2004, she also designed the
Children's Medal of Honor awarded to then First Lady Laura Bush in
Dallas by the Greater Texas Community Partners.
In 2005, Goodacre was honored in her hometown of Lubbock when
Eighth Street, from University Avenue to Avenue Q, was renamed
Glenna Goodacre Boulevard. A PBS documentary about Goodacre was
filmed and aired nationally in 2008.
Fame runs in the Goodacre family. She is the mother of
1980s supermodel Jill
Goodacre. Goodacre's father, Homer Glen Maxey, who died in July
1990, was a prominent Lubbock builder, developer and civic leader.
He was the first president of the Red Raiders Club and served on the
Lubbock City Council from 1956 to 1960. She moved to New Mexico in 1983.
In April 2020 Harry Connick Jr. shared the sad news on social
media that his mother-in-law, Glenna Goodacre, passed away April 14,
2020. at age 80.
Books about and by Glenna Goodacre
Lubbock native Goodacre talks of joyous homecoming Lubbock
Harry Connick Jr. Facebook Page