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UC to Honor Astronaut Neil Armstrong; Mourns Loss

The former astronaut holds a special place in the history of the University of Cincinnati.

Date: 8/25/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Greg Hand
Phone: (513) 556-1822
Photos By: Ralph Spitzen

UC ingot   University of Cincinnati President Santa J. Ono issued the following statement on the news that astronaut Neil Armstrong had died:

"On behalf of the entire University of Cincinnati community and its Board of Trustees, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Neil Armstrong. Our nation and indeed the entire globe has lost a courageous and unassuming hero who served humankind in a way that captivated our imagination and served as an inspiration for generations of scientists and explorers. Our University of Cincinnati community is truly saddened by his loss. We are very honored that he chose to serve on the engineering faculty at UC for many years. In the weeks ahead, the University will seek to appropriately memorialize his unrivaled contributions to humankind and his distinguished faculty career that spanned 10 years at UC."

Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong fashioned his own paper airplane during a UC club contest. Photo by Ralph Spitzen

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, served as a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati from 1971-1980. The University of Cincinnati awarded Armstrong the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in June 1982 when he was speaker at UC's commencement ceremony.

For a special memory of Professor Armstrong, see the UC Magazine web site.