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Gorman brothers graduate from Wabash College with outstanding results

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

It was a big weekend May 11-12 for the Gorman family of Decatur.

Not only did twin brothers Chris and James Gorman turn age 22 on May 11, they graduated May 12 from Wabash College in Crawfordsville — the same date as Mother's Day.

Chris Gorman graduated with highest honors, with a double major in mathematics and physics, a Wabash College news release said. James Gorman graduated with high honors as a physics major. Both men were inducted into the Wabash College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's most distinguished academic honor society.

Chris also won the George E. Carscallen Prize in Mathematics and received the George Lewes Mackintosh Fellowship for his graduate work.

Chris plans to pursue a doctorate in mathematics at the University of California-Santa Barbara. James will pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Though they finished at Wabash together, the brothers didn't start out there.

Chris enrolled there in fall 2009 to pursue his interest in physics. James went to Purdue University in West Lafayette to study chemistry.

Chris continued to tell his father, stepmother and James that James would really like Wabash. James transferred there at the start of the spring semester of his freshman year, and, after taking physics, decided to pursue a career in mechanical engineering.

Their similar interests meant the brothers took many of the same classes, the news release said.

“We always sit next to each other,” Chris said in the news release. “It's not on purpose, but we just do.”

They occassionally switched places in a large lecture class to see if the professor noticed, the news release said. When they asked him about it afterward, the professor said he knew but didn't say anything.

At Wabash, both brothers were involved with the Catholic Newman Center, Society of Physics Students and tutoring other students, the news release said.