- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A Purdue University senior is carrying on a nearly 100-year tradition as the fourth generation and one of at least nine family members to work at or attend the school in West Lafayette.

John Sterrett’s extensive family history at the research institution began in 1921, when his great-grandfather worked as an English teacher at Purdue. In the 1930s, both of his grandfathers studied engineering at the school, followed by his father and himself. Sterrett and his father even lived in the same dorm.

He also has five aunts, uncles and cousins who graduated from the school, the (Lafayette) Journal and Courier (https://on.jconline.com/1IOFhpY) reported.

But Sterrett’s family history at Purdue didn’t necessarily influence his decision to attend.

“I never set out on this path to say, ‘OK, I want to walk down the same path as all my other family members,’ ” he said. “It just felt like a natural fit.”

Although both of Sterrett’s grandfathers attended Purdue, they didn’t meet until they worked together at an electric company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After Sterrett graduates next week, he will head east to work at the same company that once employed both of his grandfathers, as well as his father.

“You might think that most kids my age, they don’t want to follow exactly in their parents’ footsteps,” he said. “And to be honest, if it wasn’t such a good job, I might feel that way. But there’s a reason why all the Sterretts have gone there: It’s been a good company to work at for each one of our generations.”

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Information from: Journal and Courier, https://www.jconline.com


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