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    Doctor Donald E. "Doc" Stullken, NASA's Chief of Recovery Operations Branch, Naval and Personal Archive from His Estate. Included in this lot are items from his scholastic and military life, as follows.
    Academic Career: DePauw Bachelor of Arts, 1941, in leather folder; DePauw Doctor of Science (Honorary), 1967, in leather folder; DePauw Alumni Citation, 1966, in leather folder; Chicago High School, diploma 1937; black mortarboard and black & gold velvet doctoral hood from his 1967 DePauw degree ceremony; an audio tape from that ceremony; and a large folder of DePauw University-related alumni publications and photos.
    Naval Career: His U.S. Navy Captain khaki officer's dress hat with his name written inside; a thick file with documents relating to his naval career; his naval "Certificate of Inoculation and Vaccination" from 1951; his "Confederate Air Corps" membership card; his "Honorary Tailhook Pilot" card; and a wooden Task Force 130 "Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force Pacific" plaque.
    Also: Two books from his personal library, Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America by Fernald and Kinsey (Cornwall-on-Hudson: Idlewild Press, 1943) and With Seaplane and Sledge in the Arctic by George Binney (New York: George H. Doran Company, 1926).
    Generally fine.

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    Below is a transcript of the speech given upon his honorary Doctor of Science degree.


    "DONALD EDWARD STULLKEN, on a President's Scholarship, in 1941 you graduated from DePauw University where your son, Russell, graduates today, subsequently receiving your master's degree and Ph.D. in physiology at Purdue University. After service in the Navy in World War II, you were recalled to active duty in 1963 and appointed to the rank of Captain. You have written extensively of your research and experience with space flight


    "A member of the Navy team that developed the first bio-capsule for animal ballistic space flight in 1958 and the support system first used for flight of monkeys into space, you recovered these passengers from the U.S. Army Jupiter rocket in 1959. You conceived and developed the auxiliary flotation collar adopted by NASA and still the primary recovery procedure, participated in all recoveries of manned space flights to date, and, in 1962, were appointed chief of the Recovery Operations Branch of the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center.


    "Serving your fellows also through seminars for superior students, the Boy Scouts of America and your Methodist Church, you are one of the world's leaders in the conquest of space. I therefore take great pleasure, on recommendation of the Faculty and by virtue of authority vested in me by the Joint Board of Trustees and Visitors of DePauw University, in conferring on you the honorary degree of DOCTOR OF SCIENCE with all rights, privileges and responsibilities pertaining to that degree, in placing this hood upon you and giving you this diploma.

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