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Captain Charles L. Stuppard '80

Captain Charles L. Stuppard ‘80

img_captainstuppard.jpgInternational Student Makes U.S. Military History

Captain Charles L. Stuppard ‘80 is making United States Military history as the only Naval Officer currently in command of both a Navy and an Army base. He has the unique challenge of merging the cultures of two branches of the US Armed Forces--a completely new concept.

This former Design Engineer in Weapon Systems was not always a U.S. citizen. He was born in Haiti and educated in Catholic school, and immigrated to the United States when he was 19. RCC was his first public education. “It was like drinking from a fire hydrant. I loved every minute of it.” Fluent in French and Creole, Stuppard earned As in all of his classes, but initially needed to play catch-up in English.

Transferring to Cornell University was always his goal. “My Physics professor, Mr. Ziegler, steered me towards Engineering. After taking Statics and Dynamics at RCC, I was well prepared to study engineering at Cornell. My sociology professor, Dr. Pollinger, started each class with, ‘Read the New York Times!’ Now I realize how important it is to know what’s going on in the world. The impact of educators on the lives of students lasts a lifetime.”


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