Oral History 1977

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Oral History 1977


Oral History


This was an Oral History Project conducted by Dr. Van Orman in 1977-1978 . Dr. Van Orman began his teaching career at Purdue in 1966 as Assistant Professor of History. In 1971 Professor Van Orman was promoted to Associate Professor of History and became a full professor in 1985 where he remained until May of 2012. This project was conducted in order to start the University Archives at Purdue University Calumet


Dr. Richard Van Orman


Purdue University Northwest


This digitization project started in 2018 and continued through 2019.


Andrew Collins, Joseph Coates, Richard Van Orman






Oral History

Items in the Oral History 1977 Collection

Carl H. Elliot was born in Columbus, Indiana and received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University. In 1952, he received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology at Purdue, West Lafayette. From 1952 to 1955, Elliot worked as an…

Charles B. Tinkham earned his bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from the University of Chicago at age 19 and later gained a second undergraduate degree in botany from the University of Wisconsin. Tinkham became a professor of creative…

Mr Relich was an Associate Professor of Mathematics. He received his Bachelor’s, degree from University of Illinois in 1937 and his Master’s degree from Purdue University in 1951. Nicholas retired from Purdue University Calumet where he worked…

Born in Ireland, Mr. Flannery came to Purdue University Calumet in 1947 to teach at the original campus in Gary, Indiana He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then went on to Fordham to receive a…

Hayes came to Purdue Calumet in 1952 as a part-time physical education instructor, coach and intramurals program director and went on to serve the university 37 years. He introduced the first men’s basketball team at the Hammond campus in 1953. He…

Mrs. Millard Gyte went to college at what was then called Black Hills State College, and both her and Millard received state certificates to teach, moved to Denby, SD to teach at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from 1928-1938. Millard Gyte then…

John S. Tuckey earned his bachelor's, masters and doctoral degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame and was one of the nation's leading Mark Twain-authorities. A professor of English, Tuckey joined Purdue Calumet in 1953. He chaired the…

Hicks started at Purdue in 1947 as a student and earned his master's and doctorate degrees in 1948 and 1950, respectively. After completing his degrees, he began teaching agricultural economics at Purdue. He was so popular with students, his freshman…

R.B. Stewart arrived at Purdue as controller in 1925. At that time, Purdue enrolled 3,000 students, the physical plant was worth $3 million, and the endowment totaled $340,000. Twenty years later, Stewart was still at it and was named vice president…

Dr. Charles H. Lawshe was the developer of Purdue University regional campus system and father of Purdue’s School of Technology.
Dr Lawshe was born May 26, 1906, in Swayzee, Ind., and graduated from Swayzee High School. He entered Purdue…