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For the past 41 years, Dr. John W. Horine contributed to the development and success of Central’s aviation program and its many students who have enjoyed careers in the field.
Retiring as professor emeritus of aviation, Dr. Horine came to campus in 1961 as a professor of industrial arts and technology. He served in that capacity until 1969, when he became chair of the Department of Power and Transportation. He returned to full-time teaching in the department in 1990, and, in retirement, continues to teach on an adjunct basis.
Dr. Horine played a vital role in a program that now serves nearly 600 aviation majors. He helped develop the master’s degree program in aviation safety, and provided personal and academic advisement for students throughout his tenure. His service also includes directing the Aerospace Education Workshop classes for teachers the past 35 years. It was a project that brought recognition to the campus, while also earning him the Dr. Merlin McLaughlin Aerospace Education Workshop Director of the Year Award, presented by the Center for Aerospace Education Development, CAP, in 1982. Dr. Horine received numerous other awards throughout his career, including the Thomas R. Gaines Outstanding Faculty award from the College of Applied Sciences and Technology.
Dr. Horine earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Southeast Missouri State University, and his master’s degree and education doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.