Widow of Space Shuttle Challenger Commander To Give Founders' Day Keynote
Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 [11:07 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The widow of the commander of
the Space Shuttle Challenger will give the keynote address at this
year's Lindsey Wilson College Founders' Day dinner.
June Scobee Rodgers will speak at 6 p.m. CT on
Thursday, April 28, at LWC's Roberta D. Cranmer Dining &
Rodgers' husband Dick Scobee was commander of the Challenger
when it exploded 73 seconds into flight on Jan. 28, 1986, and
killed all seven crew members, including schoolteacher Christa
In April 1986, the families of the Challenger astronauts founded
Center for Space Science Education to continue the crew's
educational mission. Rodgers was founding chairwoman of the
organization, which now has 48 space-education centers for
Rogers is also the author of Silver Linings: Triumph of the Challenger
7, a 1996 book that tells the story of how the Challenger
tragedy changed her life.
"June Scobee Rodgers is a wonderful speaker with an incredible
story to tell, and I know people will thoroughly enjoy her
message," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. "Founders' Day is always
a special day in the Lindsey Wilson community, and we look forward
to sharing this day with June Scobee Rodgers."
In addition to the annual Founders' Day dinner, the day will
include honors convocation, which recognizes the college's top
undergraduate students and most popular professors among the
undergraduate students. That event will be held at 4 p.m. CT in the
college's Biggers Sports Center.
Rodgers earned a doctorate from Texas A&M University, a
master's degree from Chapman (Calif.) College and a bachelor's
degree from Baptist College (now Charleston Southern College in
She has taught in every grade-level classroom -- from
kindergarten through college -- and she has also served as program
director for Texas A&M University Space Science Program.
In addition to her work with the Challenger Foundation, Rodgers
is a member of the board of Guideposts magazine and the Vatican
In 1989, she married Army Lieutenant General Don Rodgers. They
live in Chattanooga, Tenn. They have three adult children and nine
For more information about Lindsey Wilson College Founders'
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