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Class Notes Fall 2016

Class Notes 

’30s

 

Mary Huggins Harrison, ’38 elementary education, celebrated her 100th birthday on June 24, 2016. She still lives in her home in Midwest City and enjoys good health.

 

’40s

 

Merle Allen, ’42 agronomy, married Dee Laura Vicker, ’42 general administration, during their senior year at OSU. She passed away after 45 years of marriage. He remarried, but she passed after 15 years. Currently, he is married to Carol Stolldorf. They enjoy playing bridge and dancing.

 

Billy C. Clark, ’43 engineering, has been featured in the Tulsa World and Broken Arrow Ledger telling the stories of his World War II experiences. He was recognized at a University of Tulsa football game for his World War II accomplishments as well as his service as an Honor Guard member for the American Legion.

 

’50s

 

Richard Davis, ’50 agronomy, has two new great-grandsons, and his family is doing well. He has retired his quarter horse business and resides in Tyler, Texas. 

 

Charlie Lupsha, ’50 entomology, worked for 36 years in sales and marketing at Chevron Chemical. He retired as the manager of acquisitions in the chemical division. Two of his five sons and their wives attended OSU. He has been married for 67 years to an Oklahoma girl. 

 

Jack St. Clair, ’52 industrial engineering and management, is 91 years old and no longer flying. His motorcycle needs major repairs. He has a sweetheart in Oklahoma City named Rose Jones. They talk daily on the phone, and he hopes to visit her soon. 

 

John Farr, ’57 agricultural economics, lives in Encampment, Wyoming, and is retired. His hobbies are serving historical museums, speaking about the sheep industry and Kit Carson, fly fishing and exploring the West. 

 

Robin Robertson, ’58 elementary education, owns and operates a farmer’s market with her husband, Bill, in Duncan, Oklahoma. They are the proud grandparents of Drake Richardson, who is the son of OSU Cowboys Cace Robertson and Chris Richardson.

 

’60s

 

Joseph E. George, ’61 secondary education, along with his wife Kay, divide time between Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter Tonya, son-in-law Shawn, grandchildren Jayden, Eli, and Noë and Stillwater, Oklahoma, with their son Shaun George, ‘93 marketing, daughter in-law Tiffany George, ‘90 sociology, and grandchildren Garret and Hayden.

 

Charlie Post, ’61 general business, retired in 2004 as the owner of ABC Storage in Liberal, Kansas. Phillip Winslow, ’61 zoology, attended his 50th medical school reunion at Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

 

John R. “Dick” Bogard, ’62 agronomy, has been married to his wife, Avon, for 52 years, and they have three grandchildren. He has retired from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and from the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He had a second career in child welfare, moved to Durant, Oklahoma, in 2004 and continues to run charitable 5k races.

 

Philip Corlew, ’63 civil engineering, holds active licenses as a professional engineer and land surveyor in several states. He is vice chairman of the Illinois Licensing Board and a fellow in the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Society of Civil Engineers and National Academy of  Forensic Engineers. He has several community service awards, and his Brittany bird dogs have won national awards. He enjoys hunting and fishing.

 

Wayne Sievers, ’63 master’s degree in physics, announces his granddaughters are juniors at Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis High School. One is on academic and soccer scholarships, and the other plays soccer, basketball and runs track. His youngest granddaughter is also in musicals. His son owns Sievers Sports Medicine clinic, and his daughter directs the Center for Teaching Excellence at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.

 

Jan Smith, ’64 doctorate in veterinary medicine, still enjoys camping and traveling despite health complications. She held a part-time job as a campground host in a national forest for the past three years.

 

William Grantham, ’66 doctorate in veterinary medicine, celebrated 50 years as a graduate of OSU. He has worked in private equine racetrack practice in northern California since 1972.

 

Mary Ila Bandy, ’67 elementary education, ’96 master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, has been traveling, hiking the Rocky Mountains, boating and fishing on Lake Texoma, skiing and riding her horse. She has five grandchildren living in Dallas.

 

Rolland “Speedy” Nash, ’68 business administration, was a professional golfer for nine years before joining Footjoy Golf Co., where he worked in sales and marketing for 32 years. He is now retired and living in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Susan. They have two grown sons.

 

Del Boyles, ’69 sociology, is celebrating the beginning of his 70th year with a new dog and a new granddaughter, Layla. He is excited about the Cowboys raising the bar in baseball, basketball and football. Del is looking forward to a great year of being a Cowboy and sporting his black and orange.

 

’70s

 

Rex Gooch, ’70 business, is a Bronze Medal Award winner in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His book, ACE, The Story of Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio, vividly describes heroic exploits while flying Army helicopters with the Lighthorse Air Cavalry in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

 

Judith Piatt Griffin, ’70 sociology, retired in 2015 from Walt Disney World. She keeps busy as a member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the Orlando-area Alpha Chi Omega alumni chapter.

 

Andy Boston, ’73 doctorate in animal breeding and quantitative genetics, and his wife, LaVerne, celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 14, 2015. He also received the Continuing Service Award from the Beef Improvement Federation last June.

 

Pam Cross-Cupit, ’75 social sciences, received the Don J. Blair Friend of Medicine Award from the Oklahoma State Medical Association on April 16, 2016. The organization she directs, the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, received the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award for Health Services on April 9, 2016. 

 

Patty Fisher DixonPatty Fisher Dixon, '75 recreation, is still living in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, but after 28 years in one place, she and her husband moved into a new home.  Their children and grandkids are doing great.  She was elected to serve on the Sand Springs City Council. 

 

 

Jarold Callahan, ’76 animal science, was appointed to the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges by Governor Mary Fallin. The board supervises Connors State College, Langston University, Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Oklahoma State University and its constituent agencies.

 

Carol Gaunt Cornell, ’77 English education, taught high school English at Mountain View (Oklahoma) High School. She recently retired and is engaged to Jim LaRue. Her children are Joshua Cornell, a petroleum landman in Tulsa, and Noah T. Cornell, a restaurant manager in Chicago, Illinois.

 

David Keys, ’78 accounting, began his career with Deloitte, serving as a CPA in the Las Vegas and New York City executive offices. As a financial and operations consultant now, he serves on the board of directors for a number of publicly traded and privately held corporations.

 

Roger Gaddis, ’79 accounting, of Gaddis & Gaddis Wealth Management has been named to the LPL “Chairman’s Club,” which recognizes his leadership as a financial adviser associated with LPL, one of the nation’s largest independent financial planning companies. Of the estimated 14,000 affiliated LPL advisors throughout the United States, only 6 percent achieve this annual award.

 

Kristin Hinrichs, ’79 special education, became a widow in 2011 when her husband Frank Hinrichs II, ’79 chemical engineering, passed away after a long illness. Her son Kyle Hinrichs’08 management information systems, had a baby girl, Laura Ann, on June 12, 2015.

 

’80s

 

Alan W. Bradshaw, ’81 marketing, celebrated his 30th year with Farmers Insurance in May. He has qualified for the Toppers Club, multiple championships and Presidents Councils 

within Farmers every year.

 

Teresa Dillon, ’81 nutritional science, is moving from San Antonio, Texas, to the Washington, D.C., area to take a civil service position with the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army in the Department of Defense. She works on medical countermeasures for treatment from chemical and biological warfare threats.

 

Brad Russell, ’82 animal science, has four grandsons. A new grandbaby was due in August. His youngest son, Garrett, is a freshman at OSU.

 

Joe Sweeden, ’83 animal science, is the lead environmental inspector and chief utility inspector for Perennial Environmental Services.

 

Julie Rivers, ’84 English education, has been appointed to the board of directors of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Jean Smith, ’85 political science, celebrated three years in May 2016 with AT&T as a senior litigation paralegal. Her daughter, Meredith, is 12 years old.

 

Patricia Marshall, ’86 doctorate in curriculum and instruction, is a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor for the 2015-2016 academic year at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Her research project is titled Multicultural Education in the United States and Ecuador: Teacher Education Students’ Investment in Cross-Cultural Study of Race and Economic Class Disparities in Schools.

 

Carol J. Bridges, ’89 doctorate of philosophy, was named 2016 Distinguished Former Faculty Member at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

 

Susan Richmeier, ’89 elementary education, is completing her first term as Finney County attorney in Garden City, Kansas. She has been re-elected to her second term beginning January 2017. Her office consists of nine prosecutors and 11 support staff. Susan has three children, and her oldest entered her sophomore year at OSU in the fall. Susan and her husband, Mike, spend their free time traveling and enjoying OSU athletics.

 

’90s

 

Jenny Kucera, ’92, journalism, began a new career opportunity with PACCAR Winch in May 2016. As a technical publications specialist, she manages company publications and creates new technical service manuals and documentation. 

 

Christopher Hill, ’96 master’s degree in communications, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Air Force on November 12, 2014, and pinned in a ceremony on December 5, 2015. He assumed command of the 190th Comptroller Flight with the 190th Air Refueling Wing at Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Kansas, upon his promotion. Prior to his current assignment, he served as commander of the 190th Communications Flight at the 190th Air Refueling Wing. He has served in the military for 26 years.

 

Reed Jackson, ’97 electrical engineering, has worked 20 years with the Federal Aviation Administration as an electrical engineer.

 

Julie Nagel, ’97 master’s degree zoology, has been named associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Kansas.

 

'00s

 

Amy Acre, ’00 marketing, married Brian Benton on April 18, 2015. 

 

Jenny Schanck Inlow, ’00 health and physical education, ’02 master’s degree special education, and her husband, Jason, welcomed new Cowboy Grady Ryan on December 3, 2015. Grady joins his big sister, Bailey, and brother, Hayes.

 

Cassie Mitchell, ’04 chemical engineering, was named the 2016 Circle of Excellence award winner for the Bobby Dodd Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, in honor of her research, athletics and mentoring success. She was a 2015 OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award honoree.

 

Joe Davis, ’06 psychology, is now chief technology officer and has become a part of Citizens Bank of Edmond’s senior management team. As the chief technology officer, he manages technological initiatives and vendors, implements the information security program and planning and implements the business contingency plan.

 

Derek Hines, ’07 finance, has been hired as the lead LPL financial adviser to manage day-to-day operations in Gaddis & Gaddis Wealth Management’s office in Durant, Oklahoma. Derek and his family have returned to Oklahoma after living in New Mexico since 2007.

 

Jillian Prather, ‘09 biochemistry, received her doctorate of dental medicine degree in June from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. She is joining the dental practice of Dr. Chris Ward in Owasso, Oklahoma.

 

’10s

 

Jennifer Payne Stone, ’13 elementary education, says her experiences at OSU have given her so much to be thankful for. She is an elementary teacher in Leander Independent School District outside Austin, Texas. She married Garrett Stone’09 broadcast journalism, in July 2015. Their favorite fall activities are the road trips to OSU for football games and tailgating. She can’t wait to have children and raise them the Pokes way.

 

Taylor Miller, ’13 strategic communications and ’14 master’s degree mass communications, has joined USA Wrestling in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as a communications coordinator.

 

Taylor Forrest Haley, ’15 agricultural education, led the Nebraska FFA champion agricultural issues team after founding the chapter this past year. She will be moving to Arizona to teach.

 

 

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