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Rudolph, Joseph (Joe), 1922-2018



  • Existence: February 21, 1922 - August 20, 2018

Biographical Information

R. "Joe" Rudolph, a native of Crown Point, Indiana, graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Science in 1948. As a student, he was involved in Phi Gamma Delta, the Gimlet Club, the Newman Club, P.A.C., the "P" Man's Club, and acted as a Football Senior Manager. Joe served in World War II in the Army. In 1953 the Purdue Alumni Association developed a new position and named R. J. Rudolph the first Executive Director. He retired in 1988 and was one of the founders of the John Purdue Club. He was known by his nickname: "Mr. Purdue." He was honored with the Legends Award in June 2014.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Capital Airlines Honorary Certificate Awarded to R. J. Rudolph

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 50, Placement: 08
Identifier: MSA 350
Scope and Contents This collection consists of one mounted certificate, dated 06/12/1950, commissioning R. J. Rudolph to an honorary captain of the capital fleet.
Dates: June 12, 1950