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CON Faculty Receive Distinguished Veterans Award

2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award recipients honored

By Jack Rossi | UI Office of Strategic Communication | 11-10-2020

College of Nursing faculty members Sue Moorhead and Ken Culp are among five University of Iowa alumni and faculty who served their country—from advising presidential administrations to caring for wounded soldiers during the Vietnam War—and were honored virtually with the 2020 Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award.

Criteria for the award include a strong university connection, having served honorably, military accomplishment, and service to the community.

More about the honorees:

Prof. Sue MoorheadSue Moorhead, an associate professor of nursing and past director of the Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland while treating wounded soldiers from the Vietnam War at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.  

In 1972, Moorhead was commissioned a first lieutenant before moving to the reserves three years later in Iowa, where she served as the chief nurse of the 73rd Combat Support Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the chief nurse of the 830th Station Hospital in Des Moines. She retired from the Army Nurse Corps in 1996 after serving for 27 years.


Prof. Ken CulpKennith R. Culp, an 11-year military service veteran, is a professor in the UI College of Nursing. Culp is working with an organization called Mission Mobility to help distribute wheelchairs to mountain village communities in Guatemala.

Culp enlisted in the Air Force in high school and was an active member from 1974 through 1978 before attending medic training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.

While in the Iowa Army National Guard with the Iowa City 109th Medical Battalion Army Nurse Corps, he experienced reserve duty in several locations, including Bremerhaven, Germany.

During his service to the U.S. Navy, he was assigned to Camp Pendleton for officer candidacy school and completed active duty at the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune near Jacksonville, North Carolina.

For the complete list of honorees or to read the full article as it appeared in Iowa Now, click here 

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Nov 10th, 2020