Rouse, Robert Lyle "Bob" 2009-07-14

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This interview features Robert Rouse as he discusses his life story. In this interview, Robert describes getting his college education, joining the Air Force in World War II and the mission he flew, and how he got a position as a professor at Texas Tech University.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Robert Lyle "Bob" Rouse

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: July 14, 2009

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 02:14:16 (2 hours 14 minutes)


Short Version: Introduction and background information; growing up on a farm; His interest in Aviation, his college education; Joining the ROTC, and later the army; weather in that time; Entering cadet training in 1943; becoming a crew member of the B-17; Getting shot down and landing Switzerland; Going to grad school after World War II; How he got his position at Texas Tech University; Becoming chairman of the Economics department; Comparisons of students early and late in his career; Lubbock Christian University; Having Kent Hance as a student; other significant things he has done

Long Version: Personal information; His family in Urbana; The Farming business; The transition to tractors; His responsibilities at the farm; The farm specifications; His childhood; Going to a one room school; Going to the town school About his family; Growing up; High school; Talking about his interest in economics; The transition in agriculture; The development of Urbana; His interest in aviation; Musical interest; Piano lessons; Voice lesson; Parents encouragement for education; His brother’s development; His decision not to be a farmer; His college experience; The ROTC and the war; The completion of his degree before the war; Parent night in Urbana; Important weather events; Cadet training in San Antonio; Pilot training; His wife at the Texas Tech museum; Speeches about WWII; Places he flew over; Talking about his wife’s family’s business; Talking about the B-17 Plane; Preparing for a mission; Some of the missions; Shot down in Switzerland; Returning to the USA; Became a navigational instructor; Going back to school (University of Iowa); Summarizing major changes in life; Special academic interest; His position at Texas Tech; The class schedules at Texas Tech; Courses he taught at Texas Tech; Chairman of two departments; Department expansion; Research increase; Major events in the development of these departments; Higher aspirations; Generational changes among students from his day to the present; LCU Faculty; Finance program at LCU; TV shows where he was featured; Public speaking; Athletic council.

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital

Recording Format Notes: patrons may listen to a CD copy in our reading room

Transcript: transcript available on dspace

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