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K-State Today

May 10, 2013



A man worth remembering: Air Force ROTC memorializes Col. Roy H. Worthington Jr. at Myers Hall

By Air Force ROTC

Recently the Air Force ROTC Detachment 270 invited friends, family and the cadet wing to a dedication of a memorial plaque that will reside in General Myers Hall in honor of retired Col. Roy H. Worthington Jr.

Worthington, a native Kansas and pioneer of national reconnaissance, had an extensive career spanning 26 years filled with vital leadership and technical expertise. His extensive biography includes earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and two Legions of Merit, and he was a pioneer in the U.S. Air Force’s transition to Cold War success. Notable attendees of the dedication included Worthington’s son, also named Roy H. Worthington.

The first recipient of Worthington's honorary scholarship is Tanner J. Lott, junior in mechanical engineering, Lindsborg. This scholarship will be awarded annually to students participating in Air Force ROTC in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"It is an honor like no other to be the first recipient of a scholarship created in memory of such an amazing man and Air Force officer," Lott said. "It’s very humbling."