Retired Farmer Who Donated Mask To Gov. Cuomo Awarded Degree

Image via Governor Laura Kelly / Facebook.

TOPEKA – A retired farmer earned his bachelors degree, almost 50 years after dropping out of college.

Image via Governor Laura Kelly / Facebook.

Dennis Ruhnke gained national attention last month when he donated an N-95 mask to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Even though his wife has only one lung, he said the mask should be used by a doctor or nurse.

Cuomo read the letter Ruhnke wrote during a briefing as an example of generosity during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Kansas State University President Richard Myers presented him with a degree in agriculture Monday.

Image via Governor Laura Kelly / Facebook.

He was only two credits short of graduating when he left school in 1971 to care for his mother and family farm after his father died.


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