Duane Earl Pope

Duane Earl Pope (born 1943) is a convicted murderer serving a life sentence for one of the bloodiest bank robberies in modern times, the 1965 robbery of the Farmers State Bank in Big Springs, Nebraska. Pope grew up on a small, 160-acre (65 ha) farm outside Roxbury, Kansas, an unincorporated town in the northeast portion of McPherson County. He was one of eight children. Shy, quiet, and athletic as a child, Pope grew up with a fascination for guns and tractors, neither of which is particularly unusual for a farm boy. He graduated in 1965 from McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas with a degree in industrial education, although he lacked the teaching component of that degree that would led him obtain a job teaching high school industrial arts. He excelled in football but was a mediocre student. Pope had the idea to rob the Big Springs bank while working in wheat fields there one summer while he was in college. While in college, he bought several caterpillar tractor/bulldozers and was contemplating starting an excavation businesses but needed money for a trailer.

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1. McPherson College Colleges/University

McPherson College was chartered in 1887 by the leaders of the Church of the Brethren. The college provides a career-oriented liberal arts education. It is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Type Private school
2010. 26.9 mil. $
Institution colors
1600 E Euclid St, 67460 - McPherson, Kansas
2010. 707
2009. 629
Acceptance rate
2010. 57.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 19.1 K $
Official web page www.mcpherson.edu
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