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Dr. Dorothy W. Drummond

From Amazon.com: “Dorothy Drummond [was] an educator, speaker, and world traveler. A former president of the National Council for Geographic Education, she has authored four textbooks on world cultures and has traveled widely in the Middle East.”


Dr. Dorothy Drummond was my Mother’s closest friend, and for the past four years they have been traveling companions, across the country and around the world.

Mother, Dorothy and Mao

Mother’s caption: “The three of us”, China, late Nov 2018

It was on their most recent trip – to China – that Dorothy sustained a fall and a severe head injury and passed away in a Hong Kong hospital with her eldest daughter and my Mother at her side. In fact, as of the moment of this writing, Friday, December 7, they have not yet been able to return home. Dying in another country – so far from home – is exponentially more painful and China, even Hong Kong, is no exception and fraught with exceptional difficulties.

It has been an indescribably sad and stressful experience losing her, and for Mother and Dorothy’s daughter, including for those of us who have had to lend all the emotional and practical support we possibly could across the vast distance. We anxiously await their return home and will continue to grieve with them for  some time to come.

Dr. Drummond was full of vitality and vigor and would have been 90 years young on December 19, 2018. For she and my Mother, there was apparently not even the slightest thought of not continuing to travel world-wide and around the United States; they simply went constantly and would have continued to do so until… who knows? For all of we family members and their friends, we knew nothing other than another trip being planned.

Mother and Dorothy, Iceland Nov 5 2017

Traveling in Iceland, November 2017

It would be almost impossible for me to adequately further describe Dorothy’s life, their friendship, the breadth and intensity of their adventures together, and notably, Dorothy’s most widely and deeply recognized and respected, incredible and singularly unique professional life.

She was a professor of geography, a researcher, an author, a lecturer, a teacher of and advocate for children, one of the foremost authorities of her field, recognized globally in her academic expertise; and perhaps she might say more than anything else professionally, a student, a voracious and eternal learner.

Beyond her professional life she was a wife, a mother, a deeply committed member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Terre Haute, a serious and most articulate political and social activist, a fighter against hunger, a dedicated volunteer, and a most devoted friend. And Mother was – and remains even at this very hour – with her every step of the way.

These descriptions I have assembled here do not adequately tell her story. Se was extraordinary and she was loved.

Dorothy in Iceland

To read more about Dorothy, her other books and where you might get them, and their final trip together, please follow these several links below. And in honor of Dr. Dorothy Drummond and significantly to honor why she wrote this and her other books, please read Holy Land Whose Land?


From the Terre Haute Tribune-Star: ‘She walked purposefully through life’

From Valparaiso University, Dorothy’s alma mater

From the Terre Haute Tribune-Star: Mark Bennett: Dorothy Drummond helped others understand the world a little better

From DirectionsMag.com: GeoInspirations: Dorothy Drummond, the Never Stop Learning and Traveling Educator

Dorothy Drummond – IUPUI ScholarWorks (pdf download)

From the Journal of Geography: Citation for Dorothy Drummond 2010 Recipient of the George J. Miller Award for Distinguished Service

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As of late Sunday afternoon, Dec 9, 2018 my mother and Dorothy Drummond’s eldest daughter, Kathleen carrying Dorothy’s remains, had safely returned to Indiana after nearly 20 hours of travel from Hong Kong directly to Chicago then on to Indianapolis. Mother and Kathy are talking about traveling to India in 2019 to continue the plans already made, and continuing their new-found companionship asking, “What would Dorothy do?”


As of February 7, Mother and Kathleen were on their way to India. They have been staying with family friend in and around Mumbai, experiencing the hot and humid days and nights, and hot and tasty local food, the sights and sounds, touring and living. A remarkable story of carrying on.


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From a WIBC (93.1 FM) blog one year after, the names and stories of those Hoosiers who died in the attacks of September 11th, 2001 and in the course of the ensuing War on Terrorism.

Read their stories in the original WIBC Sept, 10, 2002 blog, 9/11 Indiana Facts.

How quickly I was able to find each of these people in my search of the internet, most instantly, some within a couple of clicks, then their individual personal stories written in various places; some on Pentagon memorials, some in hometown newspapers or television news reports, was a powerful reminder to me just how unique each was, how special – and the depth to which each person was known and is remembered; how valuable each and every person was to so many around them.

And that’s the way it is with every one of us. We are of immeasurable value, immeasurably unique – uniquely made – not to be replaced on this earth. They each were one of a kind. We and they are all just that special.

I also found that they live on. Somehow, rising from the terrible wreckage of devastation, death, pain and loss good things have somehow come. Foundations and community organizations to help those in need were created in the names and after the lives and beliefs of so many, for example. Homes have been built, rebuilt and donated without mortgage.  Care has been given to the sick and suffering still with us. Programs and scholarships and other to support those left without a father or mother, and in memory of a loved one to send someone to school. Blood and organs have been donated in their names.

The impact of the many volunteers from Indiana who went to help in the aftermath of those attacks was immense as well. They are also recalled in the WIBC blog.

Many times, too often, to be sure, the highest price to ever be paid purchases the things of greatest value.


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Col. Canfield “Buddy” Boone, Milan

Additional story, Gazing at the Flag

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Gary BrightGary Bright, Muncie

Additional story, Muncie Star Press


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Eddie Dillard, Gary

Additional story, Chicago Tribune


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Brenda Gibson

Brenda Gibson, Indianapolis

Additional story, The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial


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Maj. Stephen V. Long, Cascade

Additional story, Fox59


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Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude, Indianapolis

Blueink book review, Maude biography, author Stephen E. Bower


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Katie McCloskey

Katie McCloskey, South Bend

Memorial Scholarship, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Stacy Peak, Tell City

Additional story, Legacy.com


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Karen Juday, Elkhart

Additional story, NBC News.com


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Jeanette Winters, Gary

Additional story from Gary Nelson, WordPress

Additional information, Arlington National Cemetery

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The newspaper articles following these several paragraphs were selected among publications throughout the state of Indiana for Memorial Day, 2018.

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I have known only three men who died while serving their country – two close friends and one known less to me – but each a brother in service. I have a personal connection of sorts with two others – one close and the other distant.


These associations are important to me, and the price I have paid for them is a small one and bear it gladly: a maturing, peaceful and bittersweet, thankful sadness that has held vigil in me for many years now.

I have a remaining sense of gladness for those friendships that were so good, and I am profoundly thankful for the sacrifices they all made.

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Andrew G. Baer
Peter G. Baer
Ralph C. Miller
John B. Willcoxon
John E. Heyen

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Andy (1Lt) and Ralph (Capt); WSO and pilot, respectively – were serving together as the flightcrew on an F-4 training flight over the Fallon, Nevada desert in September of 1990 when their jet crashed during a high-speed, low-altitude turning maneuver (intercept). They were preparing for what we all believed at the time to be a possible deployment to the Middle East. (Andy and I attended SUNT together – Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training – at Mather AFB in California.)ralph.jpg

Ralph is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Terre Haute.

Andy and Pete, Academy of Military Science, Knoxville, 1986

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Pete, Andy’s twin brother was also an F-4 “wizzo” – Weapons Systems Officer and navigator. He died as a colonel in the Indiana Air National Guard in November of 2008, in a car accident on his way home from the base. He had acheived a well-respected and distinguished flying career over many years and last served in a key leadership position with 181st Fighter Wing.

Andy and Pete are buried side-by-side at Roselawn Cemetery in Terre Haute.


1Lt John B Willcoxon was the older brother of my father-in-law, and a B-24 pilot and Group Operations Officer with the 90th Bombardment Group. After leaving Iron Range, Australia he had been flying out of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in July of 1943. After a successful bombing mission he had volunteered to lead and after shooting down numerous attacking Japanese fighters, his Liberator exploded over the Papua New Guinean jungle.

John’s memorials are located in Oberlin Cemetery, Oberlin, KS, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines.

PFC John Heyen’s name is known to every student of West Vigo High School since the late 1960’s. There is a bronze plaque bolted above the double doors that lead to the Viking’s gym. His is the only name on the plate. He was a 1966 graduate of West Vigo and in November of 1968 he died of wounds received during a firefight in South Vietnam.

John is buried at Bethesda Cemetery in West Terre Haute.

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Hoosier Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was a ‘haunting obligation’
Evansville Courier & Press

LEGACIES OF WORLD WAR II — Eugene Cogan’s recount of D-Day
The News Sentinel, Fort Wayne

Memorial Day is Monday
The News Sun, LaGrange County

Memorial Day: Scouts honor those who have served at Maplewood Cemetery
The Herald Bulletin, Anderson

Memories abound as veterans honored
The Madison Courier

Return of Tommy Murphy stops traffic in Cincinnati area
Banner Graphic, Greencastle

Honoring the fallen
Marion Chronicle Tribune

Astronaut Alan Bean Dies at 86
Indianapolis Post

Red poppy is symbol of sacrifice
The Batesville Herald Tribune

Weekend events set to honor Memorial Day
Jasper Herald

Veterans honor women during parade, ceremony
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne

Ceremony honors new flag, new flagpole at courthouse
The Brazil Times

Crown Hill celebrates 150th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Indianapolis Star

Events to honor veterans at 6 locations over 3 days here
Chesterton Tribune

‘If you see a vet, thank a vet’: Ceremony honors armed forces’ service
The Herald Times, Bloomington

Air Force, St. Michael church honor Fessel
The Corydon Democrat

New VFW commander recalls service, friends
The Elkhart Truth

In memoriam: Cass Co. pays tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice
The Logansport Pharos-Tribune

Brownstown natives recall 50th anniversary of tragedy
Jackson County News

Memorial Day: Remembering Lafayette colonel killed at Chickamauga
Lafayette Journal & Courier

‘To honor our heroes’ 72nd Memorial Day ceremony held in Central Park
Courier & Press, Evansville

‘Remember the forgotten’
Herald-Press, Huntington

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AGB and MEC, Mather AFB, CA, 1987
Andy and me, Mather AFB, 1987. Never forgotten.

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Here’s how I have decided to stick my head half-way in the sand.


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Perhaps one of Indiana’s most unique, we just had to share this. Credit to Ron Hazelton of Ron Hazelton Home Improvement Online and thanks to David Newport, AAH reader and group member, of Terre Haute-Brazil-Indiana State-Staunton High School-Ivy Tech and Columbia House, for bringing this to our attention. Very cool. And not at all controversial. Aaahhhh.

barn house bowling green

For more that’s Unique in Indiana, check out the whole list here.

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Pensive [pen-siv], adjective
1. Dreamily or wistfully thoughtful: a pensive mood
2. Deeply or seriously thoughtful
3. Expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness

Pensive – adjective
1. Quiet and thinking seriously
2. Engaged in deep and serious thought

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I think I am pensive in a good way. And it may be that Mike Pence makes all the difference.

Previously I wrote that there has been too much emotion and not enough judgment or thinking. Now I am thinking – hard. Yes, some sadness, maybe more like trepidation about this, but thinking seriously is really where I am. I am pensive, yes, but in a good way . . . I think.


Now with our own Mike Pence on the Repub ticket, I believe that – especially with the choices we are all presented with – I believe this is a very serious proposition, and more so, a serious opportunity to consider.

If the speeches made by both Trump and Pence at the RNC are any indication of all of the possibilities of a future administration, of the possibilities of what these two arguably incredibly talented and capable men plan to do, I must choose to be hopeful. (Confession: I feel hopeful now . . .)

And maybe not just for me, but for even some of the most hardened skeptics. Previously I have perhaps sounded like one of those, and yes, most of the time I think I am. But with Mike Pence, and after Donald Trump’s nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, I am [somewhat] reassured. And I am hopeful. Hopeful trepidation – that’s what it is.

What do I know, Think and believe about Donald Trump?

He seems to be sincere, and I have no doubt as to his patriotism. He seems to be straightforward, candid, he keeps it simple and seems that he means what he says. He seems willing to put his history and his performance on the line and out in the open for all to examine and consider. Perhaps above all I believe he is capable and determined to serve the country well.

He is smart, and he is a fast learner. He seems willing to get his skeletons out of the closet and on the table. He seems to be open and brash enough to say ” Bring it on.” He is a fighter. He has a substantial free market track record; perhaps spotty and controversial, but he has been there. He has experienced, understands and believes in the American free-market system.

What do I know about Donald Trump?

There are perhaps many things I don’t know about him and many things that concern me.

He hasn’t yet articulated a convincing argument that he has a full and proper understanding of the constitution. He has not yet articulated a conservative value system with regards to free speech, private property ownership or eminent domain concerns, or a consistent philosophy regarding the second amendment. In fact there are numerous issues in which he has shown significant lack of either knowledge or consistency.

He can be a bully, and very publicly. He can be crude, even embarrassing. He can be inappropriately personal. He can be reckless and downright hurtful and nasty. Unregulated and apparently thoughtless. Those are thing I do not want in my president. But somehow, I think he is deadly serious about making things in our country better.

He has not yet articulated a convincing – and vitally important – understanding of either military or foreign affairs. He has however, articulated commonsense Street Smarts and simple, Plain Talk. It seems clear that the American people crave this.

Having said all this, and as far as speeches go, his speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday night during which he formally accepted the nomination for the Presidency was spot on, even great, in my opinion. I guess I am feeling better . . . a little . . .

Indiana Governor Mike Pence addresses the crowd before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage during a campaign stop at the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana, July 12, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II - RTSHNDZ

Indiana Governor Mike Pence addresses the crowd before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage during a campaign stop at the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana, July 12, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II – RTSHNDZ

It is hard for me to believe he is our best choice, but I believe he is the best choice we have.

What do I think about Mike Pence? I think he is a fantastic choice.

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A note on Ted Cruz.

He spoke eloquently at the RNC, but more importantly I believe he spoke rightly and he spoke the truth.

And he was rejected.

But here’s the irony: The people did not want him before, so why was his opinion and endorsement so important at the RNC? He was rejected the first time, so why should his stance be so important to anyone now? We are a fickle people and we don’t seem to realize it.

A note on the religious test.

There is no legal or constitutional – nor I believe moral or ethical – religious test for the presidency in this country. There must not be; we cannot afford it and it is not in keeping with our Constitution, our way of life. I believe violating this would be a grave threat to our Constitution and way of life. I believe we cannot afford to do this. In fact, it would be antithetical to our Constitution. In modern times, it was raised with John F. Kennedy. At the time his answer was, eventually, sufficient for the voters. It was then again applied to Mitt Romney, and I think it was a terrible missed opportunity. And it was wrong according to the Constitution we [say] we accept. We just cannot afford to do that again. Regardless of what we individually, privately – or publicly – believe. We must not. We cannot afford it. Our country cannot afford it.

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And, in the end (of Spring, anyway . . .) the Republican primary process did show that the vast majority of Americans have the thoughtfulness, fortitude and yes, wisdom . . . to reject the traditions and historical precedents of the past. Perhaps they – we – YOU – are the true modern day pioneers; those were willing to go into a new kind of wilderness for many reasons. A sense of adventure, a sense of hope and vision, frustration, desperation, hard experience, or perhaps out of a pioneering spirit. Let’s call it a new definition for Penciveness.

Bottom line: With some great pensiveness, and Penciveness, Ask A Hoosier endorses the Trump Pence ticket.

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First of all, I have to own up: I was completely wrong. I honestly do not know if I underestimated or overestimated the American people. For a refresher before reading on, have a look at my horribly failed assessment of political things to come, written last August.

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This is clearly the era of Non-Thinkers. I have no expectation the Non-Thinkers will read this, but if any do, and surely they will show it by their anger and attacks, please comment here. I am anxious to see you put it in writing. If there any chance of it at all, no matter how small, try, if you can to put it in rational, logical terms; make a rational, logical, reasoned and coherent argument. If you can. Make a reasoned and well-thought-out, argument. If possible. (And no, I don’t think you can do it. Please prove me wrong.)

But this has also been the season of Preaching to the Choir. None of it matters. No one else in the building even hears you, and if they could, you would not be speaking their language. If anyone does not follow my train of thought here, don’t be worried. You’re just what I consider to be a Non-Thinker. In just about the most direct and offensive way I can say it, it’s like Speaking French to a Hoosier (and no, I do not speak French.) I don’t expect to be able to successfully communicate with you.

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The Big Book says, “You reap what you sow.” Or in my Hoosier-speak, “You get what you pay for.”

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And it is the fool who doesn’t know it; it is the idiot who doesn’t understand it.

I guess the question now is, do you know what you just paid for? I seriously kinda doubt it. I know a lot of you think you know, but I think you’re wrong. And you better hope I’m wrong. So I’ve got one word for you, for all of us: Good Luck.

The Should’s are out, rationality is out. Convention and tradition are out. Reason is out. Rules and civility are out. What anyone might try to argue as the Should Be doesn’t matter. Should no longer matters. None of the Should’s anyone has ever known matter.

Shouting down Cruz

The Non-Thinkers are in. And over the next several months we will all learn more about just how many Non-Thinkers there really are. Thinking is not what counts; angry emotions count. Personally, I have no expectation that my hopes for this presidential election will turn out. It is stunning to me that – it seems – an entire country is living and deciding by our guts, our emotions; our intellect completely incapable or completely disabled or ignored.

I guess I will ask my fellow Hoosiers this one serious, but sadly rhetorical, question regarding our corporate choices for presidential candidates this time around: Was this really the best we could do?

The answer? Yes, I’m afraid so.

Well, you get what you pay for. Don’t think you don’t. And don’t forget that I told you this now. As for me personally, I do believe that you get what you pay for. Seems I do. Fools, idiots or geniuses or classic American risk-takers – for all of us – as voters, as a country – time will tell which and what we are. And frankly, I thought I knew, but it seems I was wrong. Completely. I am frustrated, sad, disappointed, and worried, frankly. But if I have any glimmer of hope, it is that I truly hope I am proven wrong. I really do. I desperately want to be proven wrong. Maybe I am the one guy who is completely, abjectly wrong. (Do the Non-Thinkers even know that word, abjectly?) I really want to be proven wrong.

There are many things I don’t know, and many things I am unsure of. But one thing I know I am not wrong about: You do – always – get what you pay for.

Bonus Reading and Viewing

From the UrbanDictionary: Reaping what you sow

The UnEducation of Trump (but it doesn’t matter) . . .

The Uneducation of Trump

The UnKnowledge of Trump (but it doesn’t matter) . . .

The Hewitt Interview


Diamond and Silk Celebrate: In case anyone is sad (including me), maybe this will help.

Diamond and Silk Celebrate

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