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This site is for all Okemos High School Alumni
Students / Teachers / Administration
(If this is your initial visit to the Alumni Website, look around, then be sure to click on "First Time Visit" and sign-in. There is no cost to sign-in. By leaving your email address, you will receive all classmate updates.)
Retired teachers gather at Coral Gables...and they are still talking about their students!
Eight teachers that taught at Okemos between 1967 and 2008 meet for breakfast and kinship. This wonderful group of our beloved teachers still have stories to tell, even if the student names are hard to remember...Mr. Cockroft reminded us that they taught around 130 students per year for 30 years!
Some of these teachers have signed in to the website and everyone else promises to do so. Please send them a welcome.
Physics '72 to '02 Jim Powers, Larry Cockroft taught Math and Baseball Coach 1967 to 1997, Mrs. Hapkiewica taught Chemistry '70 to '06, Irene Yoder-Best taught '69 to '74, and Luci Baker taught Home Ec. '68 to '90. Kate Marsh and Pat Miller taught at the High School '74 to '08 and Pat's husband Dave Miller taught Social Studies at Kinawa '71 to '98. Marilyn Bowker taught Business and Cheerleading from 1962 to 1994...and Patty Puckett taught Social Studies at the High School from 1967 to 1994. What a wonderful group...and I understand they usually meet every couple of months, and you are welcome to join them if you promise to behave.
Contact Marilyn Bowker to see when they will meet again.
We need your help!
Our Historian, Sherrie Paty '66, is at an end with these teachers
Can you help? If you know ANYTHING about these teachers
please email Sherrie <Click to send an email>
Mable Anderson 1946
Patricia Anderson 1951
Betty Anderson 1963
Susan Smith 1964
Career Development Professional with USAID (United States Agency for International Development Agriculture Development) and other Organizations
Author of numerous books and publications...
--several about Okemos
--Film music writing (Scoring) Author, Expert, Collector and Donor
Kerry Byrnes will accept our nomination for the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Okemos Education Foundation at the OEF Awards Banquet on November 15, 2018. Buy tickets for the banquet on the OEF website (click here). The Alumni Association will donate all funds raised for the occasion to the Okemos Education Foundation in Kerry's honor. Congratulations to Kerry Byrnes, Distinguished Alumni for 2018!
Homecoming is an exciting time of the school year as it promotes a sense of school spirit among students, alumni, and the community. As a result, there will be a variety of planned activities and events scheduled throughout the week. The Homecoming Parade starts at 5:30pm on Friday, September 28th. The parade staging area will be in the Church parking lot (on Bennett Road just east of the Bennett/Hulett traffic circle). From the parking lot, the parade will proceed west on Bennett, around the Bennett/Hulett traffic circle, south on Hulett, and end at the OHS stadium parking lot.
The Class of 1964 is planning to march in the Homecoming parade in 2019 as part of its 55th year reunion activities. Do any other classes want to participate in the parade this year (2018)?
Kay Bratzler (Riedel) will coordinate the Class of 1958 web page to publicize their class reunion plans. Please contact Kay if you have any questions about reunion plans and/or if you want to help with the events.
Class of 1968 * 50th Reunion * August 24-26, 2018
OHS '68 had a great time at our 50th reunion! <Click this for the recap>
Alumni and Teachers, Authors
Their Books on display
by OHS Librarian Sandy Fields
Several Alumni Authors visited the High School 2017-2018. Their books are on display outside of the OHS Library.
Teachers are Authors and Editors
The Okemos High School Librarian is Mrs. Sandy Fields
Donate your books to the OHS Library!
Download free ebooks and order paperbacks
Class of 1959
At our 55th reunion we talked about scheduling a 60th. 2019 will soon be upon us.
I remember someone nominating me to organize it. I am able bodied but will be 78 years old, as will the rest of you, so I would like some help.
First, anyone interested?
Second: Suggest a date range..Summer months? Early Fall?
We can move on this after we get some input.
Lansing State Journal, May 18, 1929
The 1929 annual "The Tomahawk" went on sale May 20, 1929.
The Alumni Association is trying to put together a collection of all Tomahawk's. So far, we have a complete collection from 1951 to 2016. Please be on the lookout for all pre 1951 Okemos High school yearbooks.
Send Rod Ellis a message if you find or hear of these earlier yearbooks.
Beloved Retired Biology Teacher and Cross-country Coach
Building accident at home in Williamston
3 hour surgery, Saturday, Sept. 29, to re-attach one of two severed fingers
Submit Your Nominations
Alumni Hall of Fame
The Alumni Association wants to hear from you...
Who should be highlighted in our Hall of Fame?
Do you know of a classmate that...
Had or is having a Distinguished Career?
Athletics/High School,College,Amature,Professional,Lifetime Achievement
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The most recent nominations to the
Edward Kapalla Shop and Drafting Teacher 1953 to 1975
The division was sent into combat on 19 October in the Moselle bridgehead sector east of Moselle and South of Metz and patrolled the Seille near Cheminot, capturing the forts surrounding Metz and repulsing enemy attempts to cross the river. It was during the defense of this town from repeated German attacks that the division received its nickname, "The Iron Men of Metz."
Bronze Star The Battle of Metz, France
"The Iron Men of Metz." WWII
Class of 1925 Eugene Williams
Valedictorian of his graduating Class at age 16
Compiled and Written by Sherrie Paty
Randolf Webster Teacher: American History 1957-1958
Graduated from East Lansing High School in 1951 as class president and with honors…and state wrestling champ!
Master's degree and doctorate from MSU. Freshman class vice-president, freshman-sophomore council president, sophomore class president, chief justice of the all judiciary branch of student government, president of Blue Key, member of Green Helmet, vice-president of Excalibur, senior class vice-president, a cadet lieutenant colonel.
At MSU commissioned second lieutenant in the air corps and distinguished military graduate. Active duty then reservist 25 years, an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Webster taught American History and English at Okemos High School in 1957-1958.
Assistant Director of Student Activities at MSU while earning a doctorate in Education
Class of 1954
Army Rifle Team and Marksman
Coached a seven time National Collegete Champion Rifle Team
A Certified Heath Physicist, chaired the Panel of Examiners of the American Board of Health Physics, the Continuing Education Committee of the American Academy of Health Physics, and the Health Physics Society Standards Committee Working Group on Radiation Protection Terminology.
A 'Fellow' of the Health Physics Society and the International Standards Organization's United States Representative for radiation terminology.
A member of Mensa, the high IQ society.
Ariel Hart Anderson Class of 1971
Elizabeth Ann Atkins Class of 1985
Class of 1986
Class of 1963 Dr. Walter Willett
World Renowned Nutritionist, researcher, lecturer, professor at Harvard Medical School and chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health Author of Eat, Drink and Be Healthy
Class of 1966
World Renowned Professor of Chemistry at Ohio State University
Class of 1935 and Class of 1938
Humanitarian & Missionaries in Algeria
Behind Rev. John Aseltine and his wife Doris are the terrors of an Algerian rebellion.
Class of 1959
Okemos High School Class of 1959 Valedictorian
Phi Beta Kappa
Ph.D. in Physiology at University of Vermont College of Medicine
Developed the 'Quad Screen' for the detection of serious birth defects in early pregnancy like Down Syndrom and Spina Bifida
Class of 1959 Walter Schreiner
Ph.D. in High Energy Physics, Virginia Polytech & State University (1973) : Director / Owner of CP Solutions, LLC, solving chronic manufacturing problems world-wide : 29 year career with Philips Research; developed x-ray analytical equipment, management consultant, Master Statistical Engineer : Volunteer Builder for Safe Housing, Fuller Global Builders : Peace Corps Volunteer, Antofagasta, Chile (1965-68) : Member, Pi Mu Epsilon, National Honorary Math Society
Class of 1967
NASA Space/Earth Scientist
PhD from Yale
CEO of his own Satellite Company
High School Mile Record holder
Career Military reinvents his life after horrifing accident
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Class of 2002
Remembers his roots with personal appearances
Class of 1958
Invents Fiber Optic Cable, a technology that makes the Internet possible and connects the world!
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The First State Champion wrestler at Okemos
Big 10 Wrestling Champ
Top Cancer Doctor in the Country
Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame 2017
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Class of 1935
Betsy performed in the 1960 Olympics
Okemos Alumni Association
Publishes a Book
Our First Nomination for the Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame
Okemos Athletic Director, Ira Childress receiving the Nomination for the OAHOF from Rod Ellis. Since the book is a (very) limited edition, you can read it on-line at this website. Click "Alumni Hall of Fame, Athletics, scroll down to Dick Ewing 1953, or click the link above.
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Alumni Hall of Fame <Click on links and pictures>
Announcing a new page devoted to the life stories of great Okemos alums
Recounting past accomplishments and life stories
(It's a start, but we need your submissions!)
As a result of the interest and excitement created by the visit of Dr. Tom Yunck to Dave Chapman's Science Classes, an anonyous Alumni Donor has stepped forward to commemorate the event by creating a new Science Fund in Tom's honor. All donations to this fund will be MATCHED up to $10,000. At Tom's request, the honor was passed to Okemos Biology teacher and coach Mr. Bjorkquist. Thank you Dave Chapman for inviting Tom to your class. Thank you Tom Yunck for giving your time to inspire the latest generation of Okemos scientists. And Tom thanks Mr. B. for being such an inspirational teacher.
Dave Chapman, Science Teacher at OHS
John Bjorkquist, beloved and respected Biology teacher 1962 to retirememt in 1991 and Cross Country Coach at OHS from 1962 to 1973.
Rod Ellis, President of the Okemos Alumni Association who just wandered into this picture and without a doubt the worst cross country runner that Mr. B coached.
Homecoming - Welcome back to Okemos
New Okemos Alumni Hangout
Henry Kwok of Okemos High School class of 2003
I am proud to call this my home to raise a family and make a business. I am also a proud sponsor of this website, which I believe is a great tool to connect with other chieftains of all years. I hope that my bar & banquet hall will be frequented by Okemos alumnus so we can share stories of our experiences when we attended OHS! For more information about Henry's Place feel free to visit http://www.okemosalumni.org/ResourcesContactsEvents.htm for details or check out Henry's Place website: pubmeridian.com
From Jill Axline Roth:
Hey OHS classmates. .....Mayfair and Spags and Gables , we would like to gather up pictures and memories. Please sign-in on the Alumni Website and/or send pictures to Rod Ellis to post on the site.
The Class of 1957 celebrated it's 60th reunion, according to John Bratzler, with 30 people attending. The Class of 1957 has the distinction of holding the school individual basketball game scoring record. The late Max Creaser scored 55 points in the old band box gym in a game against Fowlerville. Among its other notable members is Dr. Joe Ferrar, Professor Emeritus of Mathermatics, The Ohio State University. Joe's wife, Sara Jo ('58),is the daughter of H. Owen Reed, composer of the school alma mater, Proud Chieftains. Please help to pull together all memorabilia and send to Rod Ellis at the Alumni Association.
The Class of '57 numbered 70 people, 28 of whom attended their 50th 10 years ago. They started in the Okemos Consolidated School system in 1944, 19 members strong. This gives one the notion of how fast Okemos grew post WWII. Check out their class history as read at their 50th reunion.
Class of 1967
50th Class Reunion
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Coral Gables, School and Neighborhood Bus Tour, The University Club, Sunday Brunch
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