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Former Purdue President Beering to debut Manchester College's Harry Henney Lecture

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Nov. 24, 2003) - Purdue University President Emeritus Steven C. Beering will deliver the inaugural Harry H. Henney '35 Lecture in Science, Education, and Business at Manchester College. The endowed lecture - at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Wampler Auditorium - begins an annual major event for the college community, said Manchester President Parker G. Marden.

"This is a lecture for the general academic community," Marden said, noting other endowed lectures often focus on specific areas of study. The endowment is a gift from former Manchester Trustee Jane E. Henney, a 1969 Manchester grad and nationally recognized public health administrator and academic leader.

Beering will speak on "To Raise, To Cheer, and To Guide," celebrating the privilege of the teacher to open doors to lifelong learning. "Education is unfinishable," said Beering, who served Purdue more than 17 years.  "It is an attitude and a way of life. It makes every day a new beginning."

During Beering's tenure, Purdue added more than 20 buildings to its West Lafayette campus, including a liberal arts and education building that was rededicated in his name in 2002. During the Beering years, Purdue's liberal arts enrollment grew and the School of Education was created. Beering, also a professor of medicine, pharmacology and toxicology, ended his presidency in 2000, and now works on behalf of the Purdue Research Foundation. He was chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents. As a fellow of the American College of Physicians and Royal Society of Medicine, the licensed physician was former director of the Indiana University Medical Center and former dean of the IU School of Medicine.

Harry H. Henney has posted a lifetime of service to education and community. This Harry H. Henney '35 Lectureship in Science, Education, and Business was established by Dr. Jane E. Henney, to honor her father on his 90th birthday. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1935 from Manchester College, Mr. Henney began his career in 1937 teaching math and physics at Maumee Township School in what now is East Allen County Schools in northeast Indiana. His 40-year tenure as an educator included service as a science and physics teacher, business manager, assistant principal and principal - retiring from the school district in 1977.  

While an educator, Mr. Henney was re-elected six times as clerk-treasurer of the town of Woodburn, Ind., serving for 25 years before retiring that post in 1980. He and his wife Jeanette then spent seven years at Wycliffe Bible Translators in North Carolina before returning to Woodburn. The Henneys have four children: Dr. Jane E. Henney '69, is former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and currently is senior vice president and provost for health affairs at University of Cincinnati; Frederic Henney '76 is a family physician in Monticello, Ind.; Floyd Henney is a prominent Fort Wayne builder; and Ann Hansen is retired.




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