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Alumni News

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Larry Avery class of 1965 spotted in town.  Larry and Linda were in Williamston for a family reunion.  Rod and Cassie Ellis caught up with them.  Well, the big news, Larry is the "Voice of the Lakers"!  Yes, our 1964 star of "Bye-Bye Birdie", "still has it"...Larry announces the basketball games for the mighty Triangle Lake Charter School.  Our best wishes to The Voice and good luck to Triangle Lake.

 

 

 

 


Margot Haynes class of 1965 Cited!  Margot (Margaret in High School) is involved in all cultural activities in Montague, Michigan.  Now, a retired college professor, she is addressing the White Lake Historical Society. 


Thank you, Sherrie!

If you haven't already, please take a moment to view the "In Memoriam, Classmate Profiles and Teachers" postings that Sherrie Paty Barber '66 has been writing for our alumni.  She has been carefully researching multiple publications and government sites, spending many hours to create small stories of Okemos High School alumni who have passed before us. Her work provides a snapshot of these former students and their adult lives, and also adds a human face to the times in which they lived.  Thank you Sherrie, not only for your time and hard work, but also for your care in honoring our alums.  Over 1,000 Alumni Bio's and 100 Teacher Bio's!

 


Bob Stetler class of 1959 exclusively reported, the just released Rule Changes in Effect for Golfers Ages 55+  Important reading.


The Class of 1968 held its 50th Reunion the weekend of August 24-26, 2018.  Reunion recap and photos are posted on 1968 Class Page.


Diane Hull (Larkin) class of 1968 has given us the green light to share she has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for a few years and has recently started a new chemotherapy. She wasn't able to join us at our 50th reunion (August 2018), but she's in great spirits and would love to hear from OHS classmates. Please take a minute to reach out to Diane!

Jeff & Diane Larkin    1952 Shenley Park Lane      Duluth, GA 30097

C) (404) 372-4403   Email)  larkin1952@gmail.com

 


Kerry Byrnes class of 1963 was nominated to the Alumni Hall of Fame and nominated for the Distinguished Alumni 2018 Award of the Okemos Education Foundation. The DA 2018 Award will be presented to him at the November 15, 2018 Awards Banquet at MSU Kellogg Center.

 


Laurel Winkel class of 1968 joined the Alumni Assoc Board of Directors, August 2018


Rod Ellis class of 1965  50th wedding Anniversary, August 10, 2018

 

 

 

 


Jim Eichmeier class of 1963 passed away July 25, 2018


Anne Catherine Godfrey class of 1965 passed away June 6, 2018


Jean (Black) Britt class of 1942 passed away May 25, 2018-services June 9 at 11:00 Okemos Community Church


Joe Ferrar class of 1957 passed away May 16, 2018 (reported by Bob Bratzler and Elaine Archer)


Jay Bailey class of 1979 passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Walter Willett '63 was nominated to the Alumni Science and Medicine Hall of Fame


Fred Stehman '64 was nominated to the Alumni Science and Medicine Hall of Fame


Bryan Forney '93 was nominated to the Alumni Academics Hall of Fame


David Hart '66 was nominated to the Alumni Science and Medicine Hall of Fame


Carol Price '59 was nominated to the Alumni Science and Medicine Hall of Fame


Elizabeth '85 and Catherine '86 Atkins returned May 10, 2018, to introduce their mother, Judge Marylin Atkins to OHS. Superintendent Alena Zackery-Roos introduced all three, as they presented their latest books and met with former teachers.

 

 


The 1986 Cross-Country Team was nominated to our Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on this website


Starr Keesler '37 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Hugh Holloway class of 1935 was nominated to the Alumni Academics Hall of Fame page of this website


Judy Haga '53 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Max Creaser '57 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


The 1966 Football Team was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Stephen Carrasco class of 2002 was nominated to the Alumni Arts Hall of Fame page of this website

 

 

 

 


Dick Ewing '53 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Fred Stehman '64 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Charlie Campbell '69 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


John Quiring Teacher and Coach died February 4, 2018. Coach Quiring was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame


Eugene Williams '25 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Joel Peterson '65 selected by Okemos Education Foundation for the 2017 Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award


Vince VandeMotter '68 died November 12, 2017 

    


Richard Turner '61 Artist and professor memorializes his late wife with 'Air Becomes Breath' exhibit


Joseph Ferrar class of 1957 was nominated to the Alumni Academics Hall of Fame page of this website


Don Stacks '67 Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Strategic Communication at the University of Miami, was awarded , the prestigious Jack Felton Medal for Lifetime Achievement 


David R. McKinley '50 died September 27, 2017.  


Dick Johnson '63 died October 29, 2017.  Any information is on the In Memoriam page.  Post your memories and condolenses.


Louise and Nikolina Brauner class of 1954 were nominated to the Alumni Academics Hall of Fame page of this website


Ariel Hart Anderson 1971 honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award by Western Michigan University.  The University honored three faculty members for being exceptional educators and mentors, and demonstrating outstanding dedication to their work. The Distinguished Teaching Award is the highest honor given by the University to recognize Dr. Anderson for her work with students.

 
 
 

 


Mike McGilliard 1965 was honored with his 1967 NCAA championship wrestling team at Spartan Stadium during the Iowa game (9-29)


Katie Slivensky 2003 was in Okemos sharing her middle-reader novel "The Countdown Conspiracy." Katie, a scientist with the Museum of Science in Boston, shared her path to becoming a writer with OHS students in a special writers’ workshop on 9/28/17. She also visited with students at both Kinawa and Hiawatha (where she attended elementary school) and did a community outreach event at Schuler Books in Okemos. Pictured here is Katie with her book (right), along with OHS English teacher Amy Huntley, whom the author credits with challenging her to improve her writing. How nice to see Katie and hear about her impressive accomplishments as a young alum.

 

 

 

 


Bruce Brenneise 2001 has been announced as a winner in the Illustrators of the Future Contest. The contest is one of the most prestigious illustration competitions,


Tom Yunck '67 launched his first of a constellation of weather and earth measurement satellites!  His 7 year old company, GeoOptics, may completely change weather and climate forcasting.  Here's the link, look for GeoOptics or CICERO 6 


Gilbert Conklin '65 died last week of June 19, 2017.  His brother Dan will post the obiturary.


Dree Look '78 died April 27, 2017.  A brief and unesxpected illness ended the Okemos Athletic Hall of Fame winner.


Elizabeth Ann Atkins '85 Writer and Actress published her first novel, Dark Secret, "A sexy novel..."


Hans Wiegand '63 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Mike McGilliard '65 was nominated to the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame page of this website


Sterling Silver Alf class of 1930 was nominated to the Alumni Arts Hall of Fame page of this website


John Turner '65 directed a documentary aired Nationally on PBS, in Feburary, 2017.  WKAR (Mid-Michigan) aired Korla during the month of February on WORLD Channel 


Debbie Lincoln '69 has published an historical novel about her family, called Agnes Canon's War


Kristen Rasmussen '96 comes back to Okemos!


Taylor Moton class of 2012  Football hero wins MAC Championship at Western Michigan University.and now he is an NFL Draft Pick (click his name to read all the articles)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ann Blomquist '63 received the Volunteer Service Award at the OEF Awards Banquet on Nov. 17, 2016.  Ann (Helmic) and husband, Bob, have been Bennett Woods 3rd-grade volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday for 14 years!


Bruce Gardner '63 died October 18, 2016.  Any information is in the In Memory page.  Post your memories and condolenses.


Michael Litos '98 to receive the Okemos Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award at the Annual Awards Banquet on November 17, 2016.


Debbie Freiberg '68, Jim '70, Bill '72 and Rich '76announce the passing of their father, Walter, on September 1, 2016 at age 90.  Post your condolences and memories to their Profiles.


Arlo Peterson '65 died July 9, 2016 in Cadillac, Michigan.  For additional information, see the highlight obituary in the In Memoriam Section under Arlo Peterson.  There was a memorial Chat session held on this website on Sunday, July 17, 2016 and included Maija, Martha and David Peterson.  Wally Reese transcribed the entire chat and is posted at the end of Arlo's memorial.  Please post your memories on the Arlo Peterson portion of the In Memory section as part of our collective effort to remember this very special person.


Class of '65 donated over $2,500 to Okemos with funds raised at its 50th reunion in October 2015.  $1,000 was donated to Chippewa Middle School Drama and $1,500 to Okemos High School Drama, to produce Musicals.  In addition, the Class presented a $600 professional portable sound system for use by Music/Choir/Drama for "touring" performances.  The gifts were presented during a Chippewa concert by Dave Brower, Class '65 Treasurer.


Bob Bratzler '64 invented a Bio-feedback system for overcoming pain and depression.  The new device is ready for market and will be by prescription only.


Rod Ellis '65 was elected to the Board of Directors of the Okemos Education Foundation 1/1/2016