Dr. Dorothy Stratton, in a special ceremony on Friday, July 23, 2010, had a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter named after her that was christened by First Lady Michelle Obama. Dorothy, who died in 2006 at the age of 107, was made an honorary member of Mortar Board by members at Purdue University in 1936. Dorothy previously served as Purdue University’s first full-time dean of women. She left Purdue in 1942 and was commissioned as a full lieutenant in the U.S. Navy as part of the Women Accepted Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES. Later that year, she was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard to organize its first women's reserve and developed its name, SPARS – a contraction of the Coast Guard motto “Semper Paratus” and its English translation “Always Ready.” In that role, she recruited and led 11,000 enlisted women and 1,000 commissioned officers. Upon her retirement in 1946, she was awarded the Legion of Merit for her contributions to women in the military.