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‘Channeling Jerry Keuper’ on Jan. 29 Offers Opportunity to Better Know FIT Founder

Community Event Will Feature Stories, History, Exhibits

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Jerome P. Keuper, whose desire to provide advanced education to pioneering space workers on the Cape at the dawn of the space race led him to found Florida Institute of Technology, will be the subject of a unique event from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Evans Library.

Called “Channeling Jerry Keuper,” the free evening opens with a half-hour reception and then turns to stories, reminiscing and plenty of history on Keuper and his legacy, all moderated by Professor Emeritus Robert Fronk.

Gordon Patterson, a professor of history, will offer the keynote address, followed by stories from Professor Emeritus Harry Weber.

The spoken-word portion of the event concludes with greetings from Keuper’s daughter, Melanie Keuper.

The evening will feature other Keuper-related options, as well:

  • An opportunity to take a selfie with his sculpted bust.
  • A drawing for a bowtie.
  • The chance to peruse first-floor exhibits highlighting his travels in South America and East Asia, the academic tradition of regalia, and the company Radiation Inc., which would later become Harris Corp.

For more information, contact Kathy Turner at kturner@fit.edu or 321-674-8839.

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