WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels issued this statement Wednesday (July 29) after the passing of former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan.
"Joe Kernan was at different times my ally, opponent, and advisor, but always a friend to me, and as far as I could tell to everyone he met. In wartime and in peace, he embodied patriotism and the goodwill toward all we associate with the term "Hoosier." He was a true leader, and we have lost him far too soon. Those among us so ready to bear malice against those with whom they differ and either so ignorant or so ungrateful that they disdain those whose sacrifices gave them the freedom to express their views should pause and consider the life and character of Joe Kernan."
— Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.