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Oral history interview with Elizabeth Hicks, 2008 Feb. 13

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TitleOral history interview with Elizabeth Hicks, 2008 Feb. 13
IntervieweeHicks, Elizabeth
InterviewerMarkee, Katherine
Purdue ID NumberPOH0708044(Hicks)
Date RecordedFebruary 13, 2008
Abstract of InterviewElizabeth Hicks is the wife of John Hicks who retired in 1987 as Senior Vice President Emeritus of Purdue University, she talks about growing up in New Jersey, graduating from Massachusetts State College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Elizabeth met John Hicks during her college years and after graduating, they came to Purdue. John began graduate work that led to a PhD in Agricultural Economics. Elizabeth shares her experiences being the wife of a Purdue faculty member, raising eight children and attending university events with John. John served as Executive Assistant to Presidents Hovde and Hansen and then served as interim President from 1982 to 1983. She discusses the visit of the King and Queen of Afghanistan on September 16, 1963, the visit of President Reagan in 1987, and the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Neil Armstrong in 1970. Elizabeth is the recipient of a Sagamore of the Wabash and a long time active member of Purdue Womens Club. As a note, tells how the recounting of the poem, Casey at the Bat, by her husband is a favorite within the university community.
SubjectsHicks, Elizabeth--Interviews
Hicks, John W. (John William), 1921-
Purdue University--Administration
World War, 1939-1945
Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Purdue University--Administration
College presidents--Indiana--West Lafayette
Genre (AAT)interviews
oral history (document genres)
video recordings
Media Typevideo
Original Formatvideo/DVD
Duration50 min.
CollectionPurdue University Oral History Program Collection
RepositoryPurdue University Libraries, Karnes Archives and Special Collections
RightsCopyright Purdue University. All rights reserved.
URI ark:/34231/c6h1313c
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