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1. Oral history interview with David Landgrebe, 2007 Nov. 27 Oral history interview with David Landgrebe, 2007 Nov. 27 Landgrebe, D. A.--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Purdue University--Administration; Purdue University--Faculty; Purdue University. School of Engineering David Landgrebe is a native Hoosier. He received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering in 1956, a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering in 1958 and a PhD in 1962 from Purdues School of Electrical...

2. Oral history interview with James Peters, 2008 Apr. 17 Oral history interview with James Peters, 2008 Apr. 17 Peters, James, 1917-2008--Interviews; Purdue University--Faculty; Born in Ashdown, Arkansas in 1917, James Peters discusses growing up in Monroe, Louisiana, receiving a BS from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a MA at Hartford Seminary Foundation School...

3. Oral history interview with Clifford Swanlund, 2007 Oct. 5 Oral history interview with Clifford Swanlund, 2007 Oct. 5 Swanlund, Clifford A.--Interviews;Purdue University. School of Engineering; Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; World War, 1939-1945 Clifford A. Swanlund, Jr. graduated from Purdue with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering in 1953. He recounts growing up in St. Louis Missouri during the Great Depression. He graduated from Maplewood...

4. Oral history interview with Robert A. Benkeser, 2009 Jun. 12 Oral history interview with Robert A. Benkeser, 2009 Jun. 12 Benkeser, Robert A.--Interviews; Purdue University--Faculty; Purdue University. College of Science; Chemistry; Ohio State University; Haas, Henry B.; Brown, Herbert Charles, 1912-2004; Robert A. Benkeser, Hovde Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, was born February 16, 1916. He received a BS from Xavier in 1942 and Ph.D. from Iowa State in 1947. He came to Purdue soon...

5. Oral history interview with Judith M. Gappa, 2009 Aug. 26 Oral history interview with Judith M. Gappa, 2009 Aug. 26 Gappa, Judith M.--Interviews; Purdue University--Administration; Diversity in the workplace; Women executives; Judith M. Gappa, Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Her father was in the military so she was born at Fort Knox. Her early years were spent moving to various military...

6. Oral history interview with Arnold Cooper, 2008 Apr. 15 Oral history interview with Arnold Cooper, 2008 Apr. 15 Cooper, Arnold C.--Interviews; Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Entrepreneurship Arnold Cooper is a graduate of the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering [BS 1955] and MS Industrial Management 1957. He also received a DBA in 1962 from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration....

7. Oral history interview with Vera Cason, 2008 Aug. 6 Oral history interview with Vera Cason, 2008 Aug. 6 Cason, Vera M.--Interviews; Cason, F. Lynn; Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), b. 1882; Vera M. Cason was born on December 18, 1898 in West Point, Indiana. Her father worked for the railroad out of Logansport, Indiana and she went to Hagerstown High School, before returning to West Point....

8. Oral history interview with Elizabeth Hicks, 2008 Feb. 13 Oral history interview with Elizabeth Hicks, 2008 Feb. 13 Hicks, 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; Elizabeth 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...

9. Oral history interview with Robert A. Benkeser, 2009 Jun. 16 Oral history interview with Robert A. Benkeser, 2009 Jun. 16 Benkeser, Robert A.--Interviews; Purdue University--Faculty; Purdue University. College of Science; Chemistry; Ohio State University; Haas, Henry B.; Brown, Herbert Charles, 1912-2004; Robert A. Benkeser, Hovde Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, was born February 16, 1916. He received a BS from Xavier in 1942 and Ph.D. from Iowa State in 1947. He came to Purdue soon...

10. Oral history interivew with William A. Richards, 2009 Aug. 2 Oral history interivew with William A. Richards, 2009 Aug. 2 Richards, William A.--Interviews; Pharmacology; William A. Richards, Ph.D., is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bayview Medical Center, where he has pursued research with entheogens during...

11. Oral history interview with Mary Louise Foster, 2006 Oct. 4 Oral history interview with Mary Louise Foster, 2006 Oct. 4 Foster, Mary Louise--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Purdue University--Faculty; Home economics A graduate of Purdue University 1942, masters Degree in Family Economics 1954. She served as a Purdue Faculty member in the College of Consumer Family Sciences from 1955 until her retirement in 1987. Since...

12. Oral history interview with Wilma Jean Kay, 2007 Nov. 15 Oral history interview with Wilma Jean Kay, 2007 Nov. 15 Kay, Wilma Jean--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Home economics Kay is a Purdue graduate who arrived on campus in 1935 and resided in Duhme Hall, where Amelia Earhart and Lillian Gilbreth stayed when on campus. She attended talks given by Amelia Earhart. During high...

13. Oral history interview with Les Geddes, 2007 Feb. 22 Oral history interview with Les Geddes, 2007 Feb. 22 Geddes, L. A. (Leslie Alexander), 1921- --Interviews;Purdue University--Faculty;Biomedical engineering;Patents and government-developed inventions Geddes was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1926. He discuses the stages of creation and implementation of many of his inventions. Geddes acquired 33 patents in his career. In addition he shares...

14. Oral history interview with W. Wayne Townsend, 2007 Oct. 25 Oral history interview with W. Wayne Townsend, 2007 Oct. 25 Purdue University--Administration; Purdue University. Board of Trustees; Townsend, W. Wayne--Interviews; W. Wayne Townsend was a member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2004 and the Vice Chair from 1993 to 2004. Townsend discusses growing up in northern Indiana on a farm which has been...

15. Oral history interview with Stanley M. Shaw, 2008 Aug. 12 Oral history interview with Stanley M. Shaw, 2008 Aug. 12 Shaw, Stanley M.--Interviews; Purdue University--Faculty; Purdue University. School of Pharmacy; Pharmacists; Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Stanley Shaw, a native of Parkston, South Dakota, received his Ph.D. in 1962 from Purdue University with a major in bionucleonics and minor in Pharmacy. His major professor was Dr. John E. Christian. He...

16. Oral history interview with Richard Dean Freeman, 2008 Nov. 14 Oral history interview with Richard Dean Freeman, 2008 Nov. 14 Freeman, Richard D.--Interviews; Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Purdue University. School of Engineering; Aeronautical engineers; Krannert Graduate School of Management; Korean War, 1950-1953; Richard Dean Freeman was born in Rushville, Indiana on November 27, 1928 and grew up in West Lafayette where his father was a professor at Purdue University and later Associate Dean of Agriculture and...

17. Oral history interview with Richard Dean Freeman, 2008 Dec. 5 Oral history interview with Richard Dean Freeman, 2008 Dec. 5 Freeman, Richard D.--Interviews; Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae; Purdue University. School of Engineering; Aeronautical engineers; Krannert Graduate School of Management; Korean War, 1950-1953; Richard Dean Freeman was born in Rushville, Indiana on November 27, 1928 and grew up in West Lafayette where his father was a professor at Purdue University and later Associate Dean of Agriculture and...

18. Oral history interview with Keith V. Smith, 2010 Jun. 29 Oral history interview with Keith V. Smith, 2010 Jun. 29 Smith, Keith V.--Interviews; Purdue University--Administration; Krannert Graduate School of Management; Keith V. Smith, Professor Emeritus Krannert School of Management, was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to the Midwest when he was 13. The family had thought of settling in Fort Wayne, Indiana but...

19. Oral history interview with W. Wayne Townsend, 2007 Oct. 25 Oral history interview with W. Wayne Townsend, 2007 Oct. 25 Purdue University--Administration; Purdue University. Board of Trustees; Townsend, W. Wayne--Interviews; W. Wayne Townsend was a member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2004 and the Vice Chair from 1993 to 2004. Townsend discusses growing up in northern Indiana on a farm which has been...

20. Oral history interview with Sherman Kessler, 2006 July 18 Oral history interview with Sherman Kessler, 2006 July 18 Kessler, Sherman--Interviews;Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae;Animal husbandry;Farming--Indiana Kessler graduated from Purdue in 1936, with a BS in Animal Husbandry. He earned a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics in 1938. He has been active in farming in Montgomery County for more than 52...
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