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April 19, 2004

Golden Taps ceremony to honor six Purdue students

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Six Purdue students who have died in the past year will be remembered on Monday (4/26) with Golden Taps, the university's traditional ceremony for family and friends of deceased students.

Dean of Students L. Tony Hawkins will greet guests at 9 p.m. in the lobby of Schleman Hall, where he will explain the ceremony's history and significance. The group will then proceed to the steps of Hovde Hall for the 9:15 p.m. ceremony, in which memorial cards are placed listing the names of the students being remembered.

"This is one ceremony we wish we did not have the occasion to perform," Hawkins said. "However, when the need exists, we are honored to be able to offer this tribute to the students who have passed away and hope that it is a comfort to their friends and families. The loss of any student is also a loss to the university family."

The ceremony begins when drummers and buglers from Purdue University Bands march in cadence to the front of Hovde Hall. The Purdue Bell Tower will toll once for each student being honored, followed by a few moments of silence. The buglers will then play "Echo Taps," followed by members of Purdue Musical Organizations singing "The Purdue Hymn." The Boilermaker Special, the university's official mascot, also will stand nearby in silent tribute.

The following students will be remembered at the ceremony:

• Nora Kathryn Beatty, Russiaville, Ind., sophomore in the School of Liberal Arts, daughter of Rita Beatty.

• Dustin Thomas Easley, New Milford, Conn., junior majoring in building construction management, son of Sam and Sheila Easley.

• Kevin Grant Fouts, Delphi, Ind., senior majoring in computer technology, son of Patricia Fouts McCammack.

• Gagan Singh Gujral, East Liverpool, Ohio, junior majoring in computer science, son of Dr. and Mrs. Inder S. Gujral.

•Chris Scot Moore, Peru, Ind., sophomore in the School of Liberal Arts, son of Julie Walker.

• William Kirk Wilkinson, Brownwood, Texas, graduate student in the Department of English, son of Jennifer Alexander.

Writer: Reni Winter, (765) 496-3133,

Sources: Tony Hawkins, (765) 494-1239

Elizabeth Smithka, (765) 494-8698,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Related Web site:
Office of the Dean of Students

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