Vernard L. Foley
March 28, 1939 - May 28, 2021
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1184 Sagamore Pkwy W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Saturday 6/5, 3:00 pm

Vernard Leyon Foley died on May 28 at Indiana University Hospital West at the age of 82.  He was born at Holton, Kansas on March 28, 1939 to Vernon Foley and Ardis Diehl Foley. He received a B.A. from McPherson College, an M.A. from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from the University of…

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Nancy Knowles Smigiel left a message on June 10, 2021:
I am sorry to see of Professor Foley's passing. He was one of my favorite professors and tolerated an "old" lady in his classes over several years. I enjoyed his lectures and passion for the subject. Sending many wishes for healing to all of you!
Barbara Charlson left a message on June 6, 2021:
I was blessed to meet Vernard at a Salt Creek Sundance a few years ago. Even though we were a generation apart, he captivated my mind with his stories and stole my heart with his love of life. I bought his Adam Smith book and a few others based on his recommendations. What a bright shinning star that young man was - and will be in the sky above.Thank you for all the kind, handwritten letters (on graph paper no less). I never told you this, Vernard, but I love you... Tusen takk. Barb
Melissa Ruddick left a message on June 6, 2021:
Uncle Doc, you will be missed. Especially the letters with return addresses from nowhere! Thanks for sharing and believing in Indian heritage. It was nice to talk about it with someone who understood! Rest In Peace UD!
James Slaughterbeck left a message on June 5, 2021:
Vern was a dear friend, full of knowledge and had the desire to share it, I spent many hours discussing native lore, weaponry and sharing our mutual love and respect of guns. You will be greatly missed my friend, until we meet again may you rest in peace, aho
Angel Bissonette left a message on June 4, 2021:
Sending condolences to the family of Vern. Vern is, was and will always be a very humble man we all came to love here in South Dakota. He became a very special person in my father's life and ours as well. Sending prayers and hugs to all his family. From all of his other extended family in South Dakota. Fly high Vern and Rest easy.
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Glenn Hueckel left a message on June 3, 2021:
I recall with deep gratitude the many pleasant hours spent in Vern's office in the History Department discussing the fine points of trebuchets, triremes, the early history of steam power, Adam Smith's economics, and much else. His insights and his ingenious models enlightened and illustrated my own lectures in economic history and thus benefited not only the students in his history classes but others in economics as well. Though I left Purdue some twenty years ago, he remains in memory as a valued colleague and a wonderful friend during my time there. I am sorry that distance prevents me from attending his memorial, but I extend my sincerest condolences to Mary Ann, Elizabeth and Mark.
Cathy Blue left a message on June 3, 2021:
Vern was a friend for twenty years, through Sundance at Pine Ridge and then through letters ever since those days ended. He was courageous, kind, generous, and a life long searcher of knowledge about many things historical, esoteric, and Native American. He was a Sundancer, and helper at many dances, and knew how to "Pray Hard". He will be missed by all. Waste' wicha'sa wo'ansikiye ! To'ksa, mitha'khola!
Jimmy Derringer left a message on June 2, 2021:
Woyawaste Mithakola
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