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Shortridge, Douglass Ronald, 1931-2011



  • Existence: July 3, 1931 - December 28, 2011

Biographical Information

Douglass R. Shortridge graduated from Purdue in 1953 with a B.S. in Science and from the Indiana University Law School in 1959. At Purdue, he was a member of ROTC, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and Iron Key Honorary; Junior Class President; and Editor-in-Chief of the Purdue Exponent. In 1951, Shortridge wrote and published "Hell for Leather: A History of Football at Purdue 1887-1951." He was the great-grandson of Abram C. Shortridge, second Purdue University President.

Shortridge was a Regular Army Infantry Lieutenant from July 1953 to August 1956, which included a year based in Keflavik, Iceland, with the NATO Defense Force. His legal career lasted 52 years, including 48 years with his law firm Douglass R. Shortridge and a term as president of the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1974.


Douglass R. Shortridge obituary, Indianapolis Star, January 1, 2012.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Douglass Shortridge collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 213
Scope and Contents The Douglass Shortridge collection contains artifacts from Shortridge's student years at Purdue, historical newspapers from the end of World War II, a newspaper obituary of Abram C. Shortridge, and other documents accumulated during Shortridge's career.
Dates: 1919 - 2003