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Kenneth Roberts “Bob” “Buck” Swinford, BS ’37, Gainesville, Fla., celebrated his 94th birthday in July and still lives by himself in the house he and his wife of more than 67 years built about 13 years ago. He retired as a professor emeritus in forestry from the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation in 1976.


Joe T. Jones, BS ’56, Delphi, Ind., retired from banking in June 1999. He now spends six months in Fort Myers, Fla., and six months in Indiana. He and his wife enjoy playing golf. They have a son and daughter in the area and five grandchildren.


Thomas R. Sinclair, BS ’66, MS ’68, Durham, N.C., is a professor in the Crop Science Department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He and his wife, Carol Janas Sinclair, have written a book, Bread, Beer and the Seeds of Change: Agriculture’s Imprint on World History, which is about the major impact of grain production and agriculture technological development on world history.


Monica Gredesky Kelley, BS ’74, Franklin, Pa., was promoted to director of the Venango County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Her Purdue education and the performance skills she learned as a twirler with the Purdue marching band has served her well over the length of her career.

James L. Jordan, BS ’77, Somerville, Ohio, received a PhD from The Ohio State University in human and community resource development. His dissertations title is “Parental Management of Teen Drivers after Receiving Their First Traffic Citation and Having Attended the 4-H CARTEENS Program.” He has been an Extension educator–4-H Youth Development for 28 years.

Larry D. Muffett, BS ’77, Morton Grove, Ill., was awarded a masters degree in human resource development degree from Clemson University in August. He was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

William E. Kusey, MS ’78, Richwood, Ohio, became a grandfather in 2010 and sees his granddaughter nearly every day. In addition, he has reached 30 years with Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and 38 years in the agriculture industry.

Lena Carpelan, BS ’79, Wakarusa, Ind., has published a book, The Adventures of the Blackberry Hill Kids, a romp through the ups and downs of family life and featuring a Swedish-American family with three lively children and their valiant, rapidly aging parents. A sequel to the mayhem may be found in a blog featuring continuing quips, outtakes, and malapropisms at


Franklin R. Drumwright, BS ’80, Indianapolis, received his master’s degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis in May. He is beginning his 23rd year as a high school science teacher at Pike High School in Indianapolis, where he is teaching biology and advanced environmental science. He and his wife, Carol, celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary Aug. 11.

Helen M. (Evrard) Piotter, BS ’80, Macy, Ind., works for Dean Foods as the quality assurance manager at its Rochester, Ind., facility. She received the Leadership Service Award for outstanding service to 3-A Sanitary Standards Inc. voluntary standards development and for significant contributions to the mission of 3-A SSI.

Garth G. Clark, BS ’81, Fairfax Station, Va., has been named director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Creative Media and Broadcast Center.

Phillip W. Cox, BS ’82, Montezuma, Ind., completed a 26-year career at the U.S. Army Newport Chemical Depot in Vermillion County, Indiana, where he directed the depot to the top place award for Army environmental security for natural resources conservation in 1996 and 2003. The conservation of the largest black soil tallgrass prairie in Indiana was the highlight of these awards.

Timothy A. Robards, BS ’85, Dixon, Calif., is a senior scientist with Spatial Informatics Group, working on projects and research related to forest carbon sequestration, biomass supply and biometrics.


Richard A. Carlson, BS ’90, Willmar, Minn., has been promoted to vice president of quality management for Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar.

Kenda M. Resler Friend, MS ’91, Indianapolis, has been appointed global Dow AgroSciences herbicide tolerant technology (DHT) communications leader. She previously served as corporate communications leader.

Master Sgt. Kevin A. Cobb, BS ’96, Fowler, Ind., was welcomed home to Beale Air Force Base in California from an 11-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was met by his wife, Meredith (Stallcop) Cobb, BS ’95, and their daughters, Annabelle and Beatrix.

Scott C. Peters, BS ’98, Indianapolis, is married and has two daughters. Scott is a firefighter EMT with Zionsville, Ind., Fire Department.

D. Joe Caffee, BS ’99, Geneva, Ind., was elected to the board of directors of First Bank of Berne and First Berne Financial. This followed his promotion to senior vice president/head of lending at the bank.

Stacy E. Hefty, BS ’99, Auburn, Ind., and her husband, David, BS ’99, had their fourth child, Isaac, on Sept. 28.


Loree Johnston LaChey, BS ’00, MS ’02, Neenah, Wis., was married in February 2010 to Steve LaChey in Neenah.

Kevin A. and Lori (Tuttle) Price, BS ’00, Cedar Falls, Iowa, had a third son, Matthew Richard, on June 15.

Sandy (Dougan) Schmitt, BS ’01, Evansville, Ind., and her husband, Greg, announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Marie, on Oct. 20.

Randy L. Scoggins, BS ’01, Paris, Ky., is a utility arborist with Environmental Consultants Inc.

Dale A. Winger, BS ’01, Midland, Mich., graduated from Harvard Business School in May. He is now a marketing manager at Dow Building Solutions for The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.

Janice (Loesch) Acree, BS ’02, Seymour, Ind., and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of a son, Trevor Steven Acree, on July 29.

Carol (Crum) Kemple, BS ’02, Jeffersonville, Ind., was named the number one stock picker for Real Estate Investment Trust by StarMine at its 2010 analyst awards dinner in New York. She also ranked as the number four master stock picker for Real Estate Investment Trust, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Best on the Street report.

Eric J. Steiner, BS ’02, Alexandria, Va., joined the National Association of Wheat Growers as director of government affairs for farm policy in August.

Kara (Medjesky) Burdine, BS ’03, Indianapolis, and Scott Burdine (Purdue ’02) were married in Indianapolis on May 1. Kara is a veterinarian in the Indianapolis area, and Scott is a realtor for RE/MAX in Indianapolis.

Doug J. Hubner, BS ’05, West Lebanon, Ind., was honored by the American Seed Trade Association’s Future Seed Executives in partnership with Seed World with the 2010 Future Giants of the Seed Industry Award at ASTA’s annual convention.

Neal D. Wolheter, BS ’06, Kendallville, Ind., and his wife, Lydia Jo, had their second child, Breanna Elli Wolheter, on March 10.

Elizabeth (Williams) Lanham, BS ’08, San Antonio, Texas, and her husband, Bryce, were married at Disney World. All of their groomsmen and bridesmaids are also Purdue alumni.

Nicole (Fitzsimmons) Emenhiser, BS ’10, and Dane A. Emenhiser, BS & AAG ’09, Hoagland, Ind., were married on June 26 in Columbus, Ind.


Morgan L. Miers, BS ’41, passed away Oct. 14.

Frank E. Skinner, BS ’46, passed away April 4 in Hayward, Calif., after a short illness from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Ralph L. Clymer, BS ’48, passed away Nov. 29.

David L. Atkins, BS ’58, passed away July 17 of a rare form of Parkinson’s disease.

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