On Saturday, May 24, 1969, the Illinois State Society met at the Officers Club of the Washington Navy Yard at 9th and M Streets, SE. Dr. Carl E. Pruett was elected as the new president. Dr. Pruett was from Kinmundy, Illinois in Marion County and was also a captain in the US Navy stationed in Washington. With rank of commander, he served as senior medical officer on board the USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) from 1954 to 1956 and on board the USS Princeton (CV-37) in 1957. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he was assigned to temporary duty with NASA working in the new field of space medicine in support of Project Mercury. The name of Carl E. Pruett was included on a microchip on board NASA’s Stardust Comet Sample Return Mission that left Earth in 1999 and gathered dust from Comet Wild 2 in 2004.
Illinois State Society officers serving with Captain Pruett for 1969–1970 included William P. Shattuck, Virginia Blake, Maurice Washer, Mrs. Frank E. Shuler, Margaret Morrison, Mrs. James W. Robinson, Mrs. Donald R. Starr, Mrs. Edward R. Lucas, and Robert L. Dellett.