Purdue to honor astronaut Wolf, health official

File Photo. Purdue University.
File Photo. Purdue University.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — University honorary degrees often are awarded to obscure benefactors and longtime faculty members, but two familiar names are among the 13 people Purdue will laud during commencement ceremonies on the West Lafayette campus later this month.

Astronaut David Wolf of Indianapolis had a 28-year NASA career, spent 168 days in space and conducted seven spacewalks over four separate missions. He will receive a doctor of engineering degree on May 18.

Dr. Judy Monroe was Indiana’s health commissioner from 2005 to 2010 and led Indiana through the 2009 swine flu pandemic. She’s now is a deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Monroe will receive a doctor of health and human sciences degree on May 17.


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