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Strippel, Dick



  • Existence: 1929-06-16 - 2015-02-13

biographical information

Richard (Dick) George Strippel was born on June 16, 1929 in New York City, New York, to Otto and Bertha (Kolbe) Strippel.  He married Doris V. Strippel.  Strippel received his B.A. in Writing from Colgate University in 1951 and served as a United States Air Force Public Information Officer overseas during the Korean War from 1951-1953.  After the war, Strippel served as a public relations generalist and magazine editor for Commercial Union Group of Insurance Companies, Graybar Electric Company, CIT Corporation, and the United Parcel Service of America.  Starting in 1966, Strippel became the head of corporate public relations and publications activity for Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation. Throughout his life, Strippel researched the Amelia Earhart disappearance and published his book, Amelia Earhart: the myth and the reality… in 1972, which endorsed the government’s original conclusion that Amelia Earhart ran out of fuel and crashed at sea.  Strippel also authored articles based on his book, including “Howland Island…Aerial ‘Stepping Stone’ to Australia, or Presidential Gift to Amelia Earhart” and “Flight into Eternity,” published in the July 1972 issue of Air Classics(USA).  Strippel was in the process of working on a sequel to his book, entitled Amelia Earhart – A Reality Check, a draft from 1994 can be found in the Special Collections Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. Richard Strippel died on February 13, 2015.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Richard (Dick) G. Strippel Research and Writings on Amelia Earhart

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 204
Abstract This collection contains research and reference files, correspondence, manuscripts, publication records, photographs, and oversized materials related to the writing and publication of Amelia Earhart: the myth and the reality…
Dates: 1931-1999; Other: Date acquired: 07/06/2016