One of PSU’s oldest graduates and Meritorious Achievement Award winner, 100-year-old Lt. Richard Schiefelbusch (BSED ’40), was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Lawrence Veterans Day Parade.

Two PSU graduates — Lindsay Hothan Quall (’09 BSEd) and Bret Hothan (’09 BSEd) — carried the banner announcing him and wore their letter jackets.

During WWII, Schiefelbusch flew eight combat missions over France and Germany in a B-24 Liberator, bombing Nazi military targets as part of the 506th Bombardment Squadron of the 44th Bombardment Group.

On one such run, his plane was shot down over the Baltic Sea and he bailed out at 27,000 feet. A German fisherman hauled him out of the water and for two years he was held as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft and Stalag VIIA.

According to an oral history documented in his papers archived at Spencer Library at the University of Kansas, it was his PSU degree that enabled him to teach classes to keep fellow prisoners occupied.

After liberation, he was discharged and returned to Kansas, where he oversaw the creation of a speech and hearing clinic at KU and founded the Bureau of Child Research and its successor, the Institute for Life Span Studies, which now bears his name.

He also served as director of the Kansas Center for Mental Retardation and Human Development, the Kansas Research Institute in Learning Disabilities, and the Gerontology Center at KU.