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Bloodgood, Donald A. (Donald Austin), 1928-2014



  • Existence: November 3, 1928 - June 20, 2014

Biographical Information

Donald A. Bloodgood was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 3, 1928 to Donald E. and Margaret V. Bloodgood. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1946 and enrolled at Purdue University. At Purdue, Bloodgood was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and ROTC. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army in 1950. Bloodgood graduated with the Class of 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was the class president.

Bloodgood served the United States Army in active duty during the Korean War, and later in the reserves. He retired with the rank of Colonel after nearly 30 years of service. Bloodgood was a member of several organizations, including the Reserve Officers Association, the Lafayette Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, and the Indiana Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, serving as the State Ombudsman from 1996-2006. He was inducted into the Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bloodgood worked for Ross Gear and Tool Company (later TRW) from from 1953 to 1994, retiring as Director of Manufacturing Services.


Donald Bloodgood Obituary. Lafayette Journal and Courier. Lafayette, IN. Accessed July 14, 2020.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Donald A. Bloodgood papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 314
Scope and Contents The Donald A. Bloodgood papers (1946-1949; 1 cubic foot) documents the student life and fraternal pledging of former Purdue student Donald A. Bloodgood. The collection consists primarily of artifacts, with limited documentation concerning their use and function by the alumnus. These objects may be useful for researchers interested in the material culture of Purdue’s ROTC and fraternity organizations during the late 1940s. Types of materials include: pledge sashes, pledge boards, letters, and...
Dates: 1946 - 1949; Other: Date acquired: 09/06/2011

Donald E. Bloodgood papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 41
Overview Publications, reports, correspondence, clippings, photos, and daily planners documenting the professional career of Purdue Professor of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering Donald E. Bloodgood.
Dates: 1926 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1926 - 1979