William Harper ’65 (Physical Education) retired as a professor of sports history at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He has earned acclaim for founding in 2002 and directing the Purdue Athletes for Life Success (PALS) program, which helps 400 at-risk children ages 8 to 14 each year. The free summer camp welcomes local children whose family incomes are at or below federal poverty guidelines. “He deserves recognition for the work he has done founding and running the Purdue PALS program, which he rescued from the pullback of government funding,” said fellow Matador Robert Cutting ’67 (History), Harper’s best friend since high school and college days. “This is a life-changing program.” Harper and Cutting graduated from Hollywood High School, and after San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN), Harper went on to earn his doctorate at the University of Southern California.
Keith Spreuer ’68 (Engineering) started building his first 180-mph, three-seat plane in 1984. By 1988, the plane was airborne. In 2004, he built and started flying a second airplane, which had four seats and achieved a speed of 205 mph.