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"Okemos Alumni Hall of Fame" In the fields of.....Science . Medicine . Technology . Agriculture

 

Class of 1928

Ralph Guile

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and twice a Fulbright Scholar

Dr. Guile received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MSU.  He retired as a professor from the MSU Chemistry Dept. and was associated with the University for over 50 years.  He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Okemos Lodge No. 252 F & AM.  Dr. Guile was a Fulbright Scholar at the University Ghent in Belgium (1950) and at Trinity University, Dublin, Ireland (1960).  He was also a SEATO Fellow in Bangkok, Thailand (1968).

 



 

 

 

  Class of 1952

 

Larry Bockstahler

 

Fulbright Fellowship in Physics 1956

 

 

 

 



 

Class of 1953

Max Benne

 

 



              Class of 1954

         Dennis Avery

 

 

 

                               

 

 

 

 

 

 



           Class of 1955

 

 



 

 

Class of 1958

Donald Keck Biography  

 

 

"I did not distinguish myself in high school. I graduated in the middle of the class. I enjoyed things, extracurricular activities."

 

 

 

 

 

In 2000, awarded the National Medal of Technology from U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate from Michigan State University.  Joined Corning Glass Works Research and Development Division in early 1968.  Just twelve years out of Okemos High School, in August 1970, Dr. Keck and two co-workers invented optical fiber (fiber optics)

 

(click picture to read the Donald Keck biography)

 

 


 

Class of 1959

 

Carol Jean Price Walter Biography

Okemos High School Class of 1959 Valedictorian

Albion College Biology Degree with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Xi National Science Honor Society

Ph.D. in Physiology at University of Vermont College of Medicine

UVM Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics 1972-2001

       Research: tumor marker alpha-fetoprotein and liver disease and

       developed the VT Screening Program now known as the 'Quad Screen'

       for the detection of serious birth defects in early pregnancy like Down Syndrom and Spina Bifida

Retired in 2001 as the Director of the Vermont-wide Screening Program for Metabolic Disorders in Newborns.

 


Class of 1963   
Dr. Walter Willett Biography 

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

 

YouTube Search Results on "Walter Willett":  Over 2080 Hits!

Willett and Kardashian diet "7 Weight Loss Tips from Kim Kardashian for Harvard’s Top Nutritionist", Caloriegate

 

YouTube, StockholmFood Forum, 2014 

 

"Grading the Gurus:  Walter Willett", Small Bites, 2010

 

Vatican Conference April 26, 2018

 

Fourth International Vatican Conference:  UNITE TO CURE
How Science, Technology, and  21st Century Medicine Will Impact Culture and Society

 

YouTube:  Dairy and Fractures, FOTGCREN, 2017

 

"Walter Willett honored for being creative, collaborative, kind", Harvard School of Public Health, 2016

 

 



 

Class of 1964

Fred Stehman Biography

Triple Honors:

 

High School State Wrestling Champion and Top Ten Academics

All-Big Ten Wrestling Champion

National Reputation for Medical Practice and Research in Oncology

YouTube: Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening, 2010

Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

 

 

 

 

 

 



Class of 1966

 

David Hart Biography

 

World renown organic chemisty professor and research scientist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Class of 1998

               2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient from Okemos Education Foundation

Mike Litos graduated from Okemos High School in 1998. He played trumpet in band throughout middle and high school, which served as a cornerstone for his personal development. He also played football despite his small size, being given an award by his peers for having “the stature of Pee-Wee Herman and the tackling ability of Ronnie Lott”. Mike enjoyed the company of a wide variety of social cliques, though always tried to maintain a strong sense of individuality, as reflected in his “punk rock rodeo clown” attire. He earned his B.S. in physics at Michigan Statue University in 2003, with an additional major in Japanese. Mike next went to graduate school to further his education in physics at Boston University. Both aspects of his undergraduate degree were put to use in grad school, when he joined the Nobel Prize winning Super Kamiokande collaboration, a neutrino physics experiment based in Japan. He earned his Ph.D. in physics in 2010, and immediately moved to California to begin his postdoctoral work at Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where he conducted research in plasma wakefield acceleration—a technique to make smaller, more efficient and affordable particle accelerators for use in applications ranging from medical radiation therapy to high energy physics particle colliders. In 2011, Mike married his wife, Leah Angstman from Mason, MI, whom he has known since their teenage years when their punk and ska bands used to play basement shows together. The first major research paper he wrote as a postdoc was featured on the cover of Nature Magazine in 2014, following which Mike was hired as an associate staff scientist by SLAC. In 2016 Mike took a tenure-track position at the University of Colorado Boulder as an assistant professor in the physics department, where he currently teaches physics at all levels and continues his research in the field of plasma wakefield acceleration.