Remembrance, Scholarships, & Heroes

On December 8, a celebration of life memorial was held for Paul T. Troupe, IA A 2014, at Iowa State University (ISU) in the Howe Hall Atrium. Troupe passed away tragically in a car accident on November 19. He graduated from ISU in 2014 with a degree in aerospace engineering and had been working in the research & technology division with Boeing. A scholarship has been created for aerospace engineering students in Troupe’s name. The Iowa State University Foundation is assisting with the Paul Troupe Scholarship Memorial. Gifts can be made payable to the ISU Foundation, with a note for the ‘Paul Troupe Scholarship.’

More biographical details are available here and condolences can be shared with the Troupe family, including wife Sarah M. Troupe, IA A 2014.


Teach For America (TFA) California State University (‏@tfacalstate) posted to its Twitter account about applying as a TFA STEM Fellow. The tweet “Majoring in #STEM field at #SanJoseState #SDSU, #CalStateLA? Apply for TFA’s STEM fellows” gave a link to the application. The program appears to be for any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline majors at San Jose State University, California State University, Los Angeles, and San Diego State University.


The Lagniappe, Mobile’s (AL) independent weekly newspaper, recently published an article about Mobile’s first, and sometimes forgotten, NASA hero. Clifton C. Williams Jr., AL A ’54, or “C.C” graduated from Auburn University with a degree in mechanical engineering, became a test pilot and major in the Marine Corps, and was scheduled to pilot the Apollo 12 mission. He died tragically in the crash of a T-38 jet on a trip to visit his ill father. Read the article for more on C.C. and his legacy

“The mission insignia and crew patch (for Apollo 12) was redesigned to include four stars, one for each man who made the flight plus another for Williams. They also took along Williams’ Marine Corps astronaut wings and left them on the moon in 1969. Williams’ wife Beth has also had an impact in the space program as CEO of Tech Trans International, providers of translation services for International Space Station partners.


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