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Lomperis: a 'Cold Warrior in Vietnam'

October  20, 2011

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Augustana alumnus Dr. Timothy Lomperis discusses the path that took him to Vietnam twice, then led him to a career as a political science professor, in this convocation lecture Oct. 20, 2011.

A professor of political science at Saint Louis University (SLU), Dr. Lomperis' lecture was titled "The Making and Unmaking of a Cold Warrior in Vietnam: A Spiritual Odyssey."

He is a 1969 Augustana graduate. After serving in Vietnam, he earned a master's in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a master's and a doctorate in political science from Duke University, Durham, N.C. Dr. Lomperis' most recent book, The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon: An Intelligence Officer's Memoir was published in September 2011.

"I have already written three books on the war more generally. This one is the first personal one I have written about my own experience in my two tours of duty in Vietnam," Dr. Lomperis said.

"I am hoping that my personal perspective will help the audience understand the Vietnam War in terms of its impact on the baby boomer generation — the generation from which most current Augustana students have come," he said.

Dr. Lomperis won the Helen Dwight Reid award of the American Political Science Association in 1981 for the best dissertation in international relations. He was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Army Staff Medal First Class. Dr. Lomperis also has received three teaching awards, including two Student Government Association awards for faculty excellence.

Prior to joining the SLU faculty in 1996, he taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, West Point, N.Y., and at Duke University.