The Institute for Public Relations will award
Don W. Stacks, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Strategic Communication at the University of Miami
the prestigious Jack Felton Medal for Lifetime Achievement, an award
made for lifetime contributions in the advancement of research, measurement and evaluation in public relations and corporate communication
Elizabeth Ann Atkins Class of 1985
Catherine Atkins-Greenspan Class of 1986
“Susan Jacoby, prominent writer at The Washington Post and The New York Times, as well as the author of several books including the best-selling The Age of American Unreason, helped me see what I was about as a high school teacher: ‘The best thing a teacher can do for a student is open up a wider world….’” (Dale Brubaker, personal communication. Susan Jacoby, Okemos High School class of 1963).
"Trapped in a burning helicopter on a mountain top in Thailand, both knees crushed and his left arm shattered and useless, watching flames cross the ceiling as he thought, I'm not going to make it. This is it."
New York Broadway actor.
Valedictorian, Class of 1957
Professor of Mathematics, The Ohio State University
Class of 1954
Sterling Silver Alf 1911-1995
Painter. Painted a wall mural in the old Okemos Community Church and the painting below.
Class of 2003
Author Katie Slivensky, Book Signing and Okemos Schools presentation
Katie's presentation to Okemos Schools on September 28, 2017 was underwritten by Okemos Education Foundation
John Turner, Class of 1965
Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degrees at Michigan State University and Math Instructor
Visiting Professor at Mankato State University
Superintendent of Schools in several school districts
President of Sheldon Jackson College
WWII veteran and Colonel, Air Force Reserves
Class of 1935 C. Nolan Bartow
Master Violin Maker
In 1947, Bartow went to Dearborn to take lessons in violin making from John Hitter at the Edison Institute, later pursuing postgraduate studies in Frankfort, Germany and Cremona, Italy, the home of the most famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivarius.
Bartow said, few people are willing to devote the time necessary to learn about physics, chemistry, music, pharmacology, acoustics, and woodworking, which are a few of the things a person needs to know to make a good violin.
In 1975, he established the "Bartow Institute of Professional Violin Making," offering a 4-year course in the design and handcrafting of stringed instruments.
Randolf Webster Teacher 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