Beering Tribute

Located on the east side of Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education, West Lafayette, IN 47906
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Dedicated in September 2003 to honor Stephen C. Beering, President Emeritus who retired from Purdue in 2000 after 17 years as president. This sculpture features four iron railroad tracks, which are suspended from a tripod with a bronze torso at the top. A Maltese cross, cut out of the torso, lies beneath the rails on the ground. The railroad tracks reflect the Purdue ties to and support of transportation, advanced communication and the spirit of progress. The torso represents Beering and his role in transferring this spirit to the students of Purdue. The cross on the torso symbolizes that the president was at the heart of this effort, working with self-sacrifice and patience.