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Governor orders flags be flown at half-staff on campus for former Purdue President Steven Beering

Holcomb's office said flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset Sunday.

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 4:06 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 4:31 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — Governor Eric Holcomb is ordering all flags at Purdue and Indiana Universities to be flown at half-staff in honor of Dr. Steven Beering.

Beering, Purdue University President from 1983 to 2000, died Saturday night at the age of 87. During his tenure, Beering was known for expanding Purdue's international efforts, adding 20 major buildings, and growing its liberal arts programs.


Purdue University President Steven C. Beering with President Ronald Reagan during Reagan’s visit to Purdue (Purdue University photo)

Courtesy Purdue University

Holcomb's office said flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset Sunday. 

Related: Daniels: Former Purdue President Steven Beering one of the 'greatest Boilermakers'

Prior to coming to Purdue, Beering was the dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Beering will become just the fourth person to be buried on Purdue's campus. He will join his wife Jane at the top of Slayter Hill.

Beering oversaw several campus construction projects, including the Bell Tower, Class of 1950 Lecture Hall, Pao Hall for the Visual and Performing Arts, and the Black Cultural Center. Other construction projects completed under his administration in West Lafayette include Knoy Hall of Technology, the Materials and Electrical Engineering Building; Schleman Hall of Student Services; Nelson Hall of Food Science, Hillenbrand Hall, a student residence; Mollenkopf Athletic Center; a $32 million power plant expansion; and major additions to the engineering, veterinary medicine, and athletics complexes. Plans were begun for the expansion of the Krannert School of Management with a new building that would be known as Rawls Hall.

The university's Liberal Arts and Education Building, Beering Hall, is named after him.

Beering is survived by his three sons and five grandchildren.

No immediate services are planned due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A celebration of life is being planned when conditions allow. Purdue President Mitch Daniels confirmed Beering did not die of coronavirus. 

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