2014 HHS Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award

This award honors alumni who have significantly advanced their careers and have demonstrated noteworthy professional accomplishments that reflect favorably on their profession, Purdue and society.

Lisa Crane

Lisa Crane, RN, MSN

Director of Operations
Nurse-Family Partnership, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana
Hope, Ind.


MS '08, Nursing Administration, University of Indianapolis
2006, Public Health Leadership Fellow, University of Illinois
BS '82, Nursing, Purdue University
AAS '80, Nursing, Purdue University

2001 - 11 Childbirth Education Coordinator, IU Health
1996 - 2001 Family Life Education Coordinator, Major Hospital
1982 - 84 Peace Corps Volunteer, Community Health Program, Ecuador

Patrick H. DeLeon Patrick H. DeLeon, PH.D.

Distinguished Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Distinguished Professor
University of Hawaii
Bethesda, Md.


JD '80, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, Washington, DC
MPH '73, Health Services Administration, University of Hawaii
PhD '69, Clinical Psychology, Purdue University
MS '66, Clinical Psychology, Purdue University
BA '64, Psychology, Amherst College

2012 - present Member, National Research Council Board on Children, Youth, and Families
2012 - present Distinguished Professor, Henry M. Jackson Foundation; joint appointment to the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine and the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.
2011 Retired as administrative assistant/chief of staff to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) after more than 38 years of service
2008 Elected to the Institute of Medicine
2002-08 Board Member, American Psychological Foundation
2000 President, American Psychological Association

Karen E. KylloKaren E. Kyllo, PH.D.

SGS North America
Deputy Vice President, Global Softlines
Springfield, N.J.


PhD '84, Textile Science, Purdue University
MS '74, Clothing and Textiles, Kansas State University
BS '73, Clothing and Textiles, Iowa State University

2013 - present Consumer Advisor, Cotton Board of Directors
2012 - present Footwear Board of Directors, American Apparel and Footwear Association
2000 - 07 Director of Textile Services, Intertek-Labtest, Springfield, NJ
1996 - 2000 Director of Global Textile Services, ACTS Testing Labs Inc., Buffalo, NY
1996 - 99 Manager of Textiles, ACTS Testing Labs Inc.
1989 - 96 Laboratory Director, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Research Triangle Park, NC
1986 - 89 Assistant Professor, Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Design, University of Rhode Island

George C. ThorntonGeorge C. Thornton III, PH.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colo.


PhD '66, Industrial Psychology, Purdue University
MS '66, Industrial Administration, Purdue University
MS '64, Industrial Psychology, Purdue University

2013 Legacy Award, South African Assessment Centre Study Group
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, United Kingdom Assessment Centre User Group
2013 Recreator of the Year, Fort Collins Recreation Department, Colorado
2008 Retired as professor emeritus, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University after 42 years on the faculty
2006 Co-author, Assessment Centers in Human Resource Management: Strategies for Prediction, Diagnosis, and Development
1992-98 President, American Board of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Richard J. VetterRichard J. Vetter, PH.D.

Professor Emeritus
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minn.


PhD '70, Health Physics, Purdue University
MS '68, Biology, South Dakota State University
BS '66, Biology, South Dakota State University

2010 - present Director, Prostate Cancer Support Group, Mayo Clinic
2010 - present Member, National Academies' Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
2010 Fellow, American Association of Physicists in Medicine
2010 Retired as radiation safety officer, medical director for safety and professor of biophysics at the Mayo Clinic after 30 years
2009 President, American Academy of Health Physics
1996 - 97 President, Health Physics Society
1988 - present Delegate, International Radiation Protection Association
1988 - 94 Editor-in-Chief, Health Physics Journal
1979 - 80 Professor of Health Physics, Purdue University

Distinguished Service Award

Barbara Himsel EdmondsonBarbara Himsel Edmondson

Owner and Partner
Edmondson Liberty Farms
Clayton, Ind.


BS '64, Foods and Business, Purdue University

2010 - 13 Susan Bulkeley Butler Women's Archives Development Council
2004 - 13 Director, Purdue Research Foundation Board
2000 Purdue Old Master
1997 - 2006 Trustee, Purdue University Board of Trustees
1990 - 92 Indiana Farm Service State Committee
1986 - 96 President and Director, Midland Coop, Inc.

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