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May 30, 2003

Purdue School of Science honors distinguished alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue School of Science recently honored 10 distinguished alumni. Those receiving awards were:

• Roger L. Berger, professor of statistics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. He received a doctorate in statistics from Purdue in 1977.

• Leroy Davis, recently retired from South Carolina State University, where he served as president from 1996 to 2002. He received a doctorate in biological sciences from Purdue in 1979.

• Arthur Y. Elliott, consultant with Biologics Consulting Group LLC in Alexandria, Va. He received a doctorate in biological sciences from Purdue in 1969.

• Adel F. Halasa, R&D fellow at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's corporate Research & Development Division. He received a doctorate in chemistry from Purdue in 1964.

• Michael D, Hays, senior vice president at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Springfield, Mass. He received a master's degree in mathematics from Purdue in 1967.

• Claire McKinney, a biology teacher at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Ind. She received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Purdue in 1990.

• David Mortara, founder and president of Mortara Instrument, a medical instrumentation company based in Milwaukee, Wis. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from Purdue in 1961.

• Arlene K. Musser, senior patent counsel for Pfizer Inc. in Groton, Conn. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Purdue in 1974.

• Thomas A. Schroeder, chairman of the Department of Meteorology and director of the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Hawaii. He received a doctorate in earth and atmospheric sciences from Purdue in 1974.

• Beatrice Yormark, president and COO of Echelon Corp. in San Jose, Calif. She received a master's degree in computer science from Purdue in 1968.

Writer: Chad Boutin, (765) 494-2081, cboutin@purdue.edu

Source: Dinah McClure, (765) 494-1764, dmcclure@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Photos and detailed biographical information about each recipient are available on the Web at http://www.science.purdue.edu/Alumni/distinguished.html.


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