Donald Bloodgood ’50

Indiana Beta Remembers a Fond Leader


We recently lost an Indiana Beta leader in brother Donald A. Bloodgood ’50. All who knew him would say he was the consummate True Gentlement.


In 1950, Don was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and was inducted into the Purdue ROTC Hall of Fame in 1996. He took his leadership skills gained from the Army and applied them to his volunteer activities.


Don was involved with the Boy Scouts of America for over 70 years. He earned the Eagle Scout rank in 1943 and was awarded the Silver Beaver in 1966. He had been a member of the Sagamore Council BSA Executive Board since 1981. Additionally, he served on the ΣAE House Corporation for many years, including a stint as its president. He also served as the Purdue 1951 class president for more than 60 years.


After the Army, Don worked for Ross Gear and Tool Company (later TRW) from 1953 to 1994, retiring as director of manufacturing services. Don is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, JoAnn; brother, Thomas W. Bloodgood ’55 ; and three grown children: David, Daniel, and Elizabeth.


Brother John Coulson ’61 noted, “I was very saddened when I learned of Don’s passing in church. I looked forward to seeing him every Sunday as I followed him as a past treasurer of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter House Corporation. He has been honored many times by his fraternity and I have a lot of respect for him.”


"I have enjoyed the resurgence of our chapter as a leader at Purdue and look forward to the opportunities to reunite with alumni and those who share our house at this time."
‐ Don Meck ’71

The True Gentleman

“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”

- John Walter Wayland


Contact Information

P.O. Box 442100
Lawrence, KS 66044

Recent Donors

  • Robert S. Sternberger ’42
  • Richard W. Butler ’53
  • William N. Vinovich ’62
  • J. Michael Kensill ’71
  • Bradley L. Benhart ’92
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