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Class of '64 Memorials
Thanks to Gloria Birch-McQuade
we now have a copy of the missing
1964 Class Graduation Photo
You can download a large 300 dpi copy
Class of '64
40-Year Reunion Group Photo
WE JUST COULDN'T
Our own Dennis Drullinger, Class
of '64, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of
Fame this year (2009)!! Dennis was one of only seven
inductees selected from 75 nominees.
served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, as a member of the 196th Light Infantry
Brigade. He was awarded the Oklahoma Cross of Valor, and the Silver Star, which is the
nation's third highest combat award, for "gallantry in action against an
enemy of the United States", when his Brigade unit was attacked in
January, 1968. The citation said Drullinger refused to leave his
position and opened fire on the enemy with his rifle and grenades, giving
his fellow soldiers time to regroup and counterattack. He was
wounded, captured and later escaped during this attack.
CLICK HERE to read his account of
The induction ceremony will be held
Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, OK, on Wednesday, November
if you would like information about attending the ceremony.
Did you know that besides being the owner of
ALL ABOUT MUSIC in Owasso, John Dougherty is a member of the popular
Mid Life Crisis Band here in Tulsa?
Be sure to pick up the July, 2007
TULSA PEOPLE magazine.
The cover article is about Tulsa's young (under 40) "Movers and
Shapers". These are the up and coming professionals who
"capture the spirit of a city on the move, and are dedicated to
making Tulsa a better place".
Channing Barker, a 2007
graduate of Bishop Kelly, is one of the four young leaders featured
on the cover. She is the daughter of Patti Olzawski-Barker,
Class of '77.
Channing says this about her mom
Patti, "My mom moves me and pushes me to stretch for the best of
everything, from decisions about life to cleaning my room.
She's got more strength and love in her bones than anyone."
Also featured in the article is
Shelly Drullinger. She is the daughter-in-law of Dennis
and Tommie Hisel-Drullinger, Class of '64. She's is the
wife of their son, Tommy, and the mother of Dennis and Tommie's 8
year old twin granddaughters. Tommie writes that they are very
proud of Shelly and her community accomplishments.
acquired a 1963 Patriot yearbook that had some bonus items tucked
inside. One of these unexpected treasures was the program from
the all school
production of "Oklahoma" performed at Hale that year.
Mike "Monk" Bruce, was one of Tulsa's best-known rock and
blues-rock guitarists for more than a quarter century. He was just
a monstrous player, a brother, all those things," said David Teegarden. "A
gifted musician who was incredibly well-rounded. He should have been
a legend, and it's kind of regrettable that he never really got
Avengers CD, featuring the late Mike Bruce, was released in 2003 by Bison
Records. It's available through
more bio information on Mike on the Class of '64 Memorials page.
Trennepohl is the President of Oklahoma State
University-Tulsa. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Tulsa;
MBA degree from Utah State, and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech. He has held
academic appointments at OSU in Stillwater, Texas A & M, University of
Missouri and Arizona State. He has authored and co-authored numerous
texts and professional journals and is currently a visiting faculty member
of the Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).
Gary is active in many civic organizations and serves on the boards of the Tulsa
Chamber of Commerce, National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ)
and the Tulsa Air & Space Museum.
Diane Bellis-Leonard's husband was killed in the Oklahoma City
bombing. Since that time, she's spent time in Washington, D.C.
working on 3 pieces of legislation. One was part of the
anti-terrorism bill signed in 1996. She has also spoken around the
country to many groups, testified in the McVeigh and Nichols Federal
trials, and made 6 trips to New York to work with 9/11 victims.
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
1998 Medal of Courage Winner
minute he was an active, healthy young wrestler, competing in a national
tournament in his home arena. The next moment he was a quadriplegic,
paralyzed for life when slammed to the mat with a broken neck and a
severed spinal cord.
For most, such a tragic
accident would have marked the end of a life. For Ray Murphy, it marked
the beginning of a whole new world, one with many difficult challenges to
be met and defeated.
For his success in
overcoming those obstacles, and his courageous struggle against
overwhelming odds, Murphy was voted the third Medal of Courage of the
National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
A state champion wrestler
at Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Murphy was an All-American for
Oklahoma State in 1968 and '69, reaching the NCAA finals his senior year.
His injury occurred in 1971 during the USA Wrestling national Freestyle
championships in OSU's Gallagher Hall.
Although he has been
gripped by paralysis for more than 25 years, and still requires mechanical
assistance in breathing, he has led a remarkable life. His mother, Ferol,
has been at his side throughout.
Already a business
graduate of OSU, Murphy earned another degree in computer programming at
Tulsa Junior College. There he was magna cum laude with a perfect 4.0
grade point average. He never missed a class, never was even late to
class. At graduation ceremonies in 1988, he led the procession in his
Because of the importance
of sip-and-puff technology, which Ray uses to operate his computer and
other amenities, he has become a national leader in research of new
additions to this technique. He also has been employed as a computer
programmer by Phillips 66 and other corporations.
In 1989, Ray received
national recognition as Handicapped Person of the Year.
-article & photo courtesy of the
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Gary Webb writes, "I've been the car business 30 years,
working for Riverside Chevrolet in Tulsa. I have been married
22 years. I have also completed 4 race-walking marathons". Contact
Class of '64
Ring Returned - 37 Years Later
Alumni Foundation received the following letter in December, 2003:
years ago while wading in the Pacific Ocean along the coast of California
I found a class ring from your school. It's a boy's ring dated 1964.
The letters engraved inside are: J.E.R. Would someone there be
able to help me find the
owner of this ring and perhaps send me his address? I'd like to
return it to him and learn the story of how it became a California
-René Anderson Benitz
message was passed along to Stewart Leigh, who is organizing the Class of
'64 Reunion. Stewart writes:
Just to let everyone know, I found
James Raney. He lost his ring in 1967 at the beach in California, while he
was in Military Service. I gave him the email address so he could contact
the person that found the ring. He couldn't believe it. He said it's
been 37 years. James lives in Tulsa and has a family business.
For More Interesting
Alumni News, visit the
Alumni News & Announcements Page
Nathan Hale Alumni Foundation
PO Box 471232, Tulsa, OK 74147-1232
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