Purdue News

April 14, 2005

Eight alumni to be inducted into Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eight alumni will be inducted into the Purdue University Reserve Officer's Training Corps Hall of Fame on Saturday (April 16).

The annual induction ceremony honors distinguished graduates from the Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force ROTC programs at Purdue. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 2 p.m. at the Purdue Armory.

The inductees include retired Capt. Robert J. Anderson, retired Col. Larry E. Juday, professor Robert L. Swaim, retired Capt. David R. Mead, retired Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Hutton, retired Capt. Colleen Nevius, Rear Adm. (Select) Carol M. Pottenger and Terrance W. Ryan.

Anderson graduated from Purdue in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a Navy commission as an ensign. He then served aboard the destroyer USS Borie, which operated in the Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans as well as in the area of the Korean peninsula.

After graduating from submarine school in 1951, Anderson served in various capacities in the submarine fleet, eventually commanding a full submarine division. Along the way, he attended the Navy's Post Graduate School and the Armed Forces Staff College. He also was a member of the rifle team, winning the All-Navy Rifle Championship and the Pacific Fleet Individual Championship.

Anderson took command as professor of naval science at the University of Oklahoma in 1971, only to return to the fleet in 1974. He finished his career as the commanding officer of the USS Hector.

Juday graduated from Purdue in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in management and an Air Force commission as a second lieutenant. After pilot training in an AC-199K gunship, Juday served in the Vietnam War. He flew 142 nighttime interdiction missions during his tour, which was more than any other officer in the squadron at that time.

After serving in Vietnam, Juday returned to the United States and was a T-37 instructor pilot, eventually earning the duty of managing all of the Air Force's T-37 ground training. His final active-duty assignment was as an ROTC instructor at the University of Texas-Austin.

His major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.

Swaim graduated from Purdue in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering and an Air Force commission as a second lieutenant. After completing his master's degree in aeronautical engineering in 1959, he entered active duty.

Swaim first attended pilot training and then performed engineering research for the Air Force. He eventually earned a doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1966, which was followed by a long career in academia.

Swaim returned to Purdue as an engineering professor in 1967 and remained on campus for 11 years before going to Oklahoma State University in 1987. Swaim currently is a professor emeritus and associate dean emeritus of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State.

Mead graduated from Purdue in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a Navy commission as an ensign. While at Purdue, he was president of Sigma Chi fraternity and was a member of both the Hoof and Horn Club and the honorary agriculture fraternity Alpha Zeta.

Upon graduation, Mead served on active duty in Korea for three and a half years during the Korean War. He then joined the Naval Reserves and continued to serve in that capacity for 35 years, eventually retiring as a captain.

While serving as a reserve, Mead earned his master's degree in natural resources from Utah State University in 1957. Also a nationally certified mortgage banker, Mead worked as a banker in the Twin Falls, Idaho, area for 33 years. His numerous awards and recognitions include the 1999 Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hutton graduated from Purdue in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in science and an Air Force commission as a second lieutenant. After three years as a missile systems officer, he joined the Air Force Reserves and assumed duties as an armament officer in 1957.

Hutton pursued a law degree at the University of Wisconsin while in the reserves, graduating in 1960. He then served as a legal officer for the Air Force in a variety of capacities, including several different postings as an assistant judge advocate for Air Force Systems Command.

Hutton's major awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. In his civilian life, Hutton worked as a corporate and tax law attorney and as an executive for several major civilian airlines.

Nevius graduated from Purdue in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in management and a Navy commission as an ensign. While at Purdue, she excelled in military performance and academics, earning her the position of ROTC battalion executive officer during her senior year.

Nevius underwent flight training after graduation, qualifying on the UH-1 helicopter, and eventually became the second woman in the history of the USS Lexington to become carrier-flight qualified on that carrier. She also became one of the first women to deploy aboard a U.S. warship as a full member of her helicopter attachment, ultimately totaling more than 1,000 flight hours.

Nevius marked another first for female military aviators by becoming the first woman to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, at which she flew and helped to develop 17 different aircraft and became the first female member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

After several other assignments as a pilot, Nevius joined the Naval Reserves in 1988 before finally retiring in 2003. During Nevius' naval career, she received a Navy Commendation Medal and the Captain Winifried Quick Collins Award for Inspirational Leadership by a Woman Officer.

Pottenger graduated from Purdue in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in history and a Navy commission as an ensign. After first serving as a communications watch officer, Pottenger became one of the first women selected for sea duty when she reported to the USS Yosemite as a boilers and machines division officer.

Pottenger then served as a staff communications officer and, beginning in 1982, attended the Naval Academy. She went on to serve as commanding officer of the USS Shasta and the USS Bridge, among other duties, winning several battle commendations for the USS Bridge's role in the Iraq War.

Pottenger also has served as an executive assistant to both the deputy chief and the vice chief of Naval Operations.

Ryan graduated from Purdue in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an Army commission as a second lieutenant of artillery. He eventually was deployed to Vietnam, where he served as an adviser and special forces operative between 1966 and 1968.

Among Ryan's military awards are the Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Purple Heart.

After serving in Vietnam, Ryan served as an assistant professor of military science at Indiana University. He eventually received his master's degree in counseling and, in 1971, resigned his commission to work in higher education.

Ryan worked at Missouri Valley College and then at Dakota State University, where he served as vice president and dean of student affairs. He retired in 2003. Dakota State University recently honored Ryan's service by naming both its student center and its athletic department award for service after him.

The Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 1974 to honor graduates who exhibit the leadership, integrity, moral courage and self-discipline that the ROTC program seeks to develop. Originally established for graduates of the Army ROTC program only, the Hall of Fame was expanded in 1999 to include distinguished alumni of Purdue's Navy and Air Force ROTC programs. Nominees are evaluated based upon their service to the nation and the community, and outstanding leadership in the fields of business, government, education or other professional fields.

The Hall of Fame currently includes 164 former Purdue ROTC students. Their photos are displayed on the Hall of Fame wall on the first floor of the Purdue Armory.

Writer: Aaron Martin, (765) 496-3133, martinac@purdue.edu

Source: David Tate, nominating committee chairman, (765) 494-1392, dgtate@purdue.edu

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

 

Note to Journalists: Expanded biographies on most inductees are available by contacting Tari Terrell at (765) 494-2099, taterrell@purdue.edu.

 

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