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and an assistant football coach. Their son, Tyler, attends the University of Central Oklahoma.


Mickey Coats ’76, math, and his wife, Susan, ’70, elem ed, have two children at OSU. Their daughter, Andria, is a junior, and their son, Marty, is a freshman.

Marcia Wilson ’81, HRAD, celebrated three years as a breast cancer survivor in August.

Steven L. Gates ’76, journ, ’86, D.O., is on the board of trustees of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and was recertified in geriatrics through 2015.


Frank E. Babcock ’82, hort and land arch, ’83, M.S., and his wife, Susan, recently welcomed a puppy, Bronson, to the family.

Mike Isch ’76, arch, and his wife, Julie, ’89, FRCD, recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. Mike says they are living vicariously through their children, one a freshman at OSU and one a freshman at Putnam City North High School. Jennifer Slaughter Brown ’76, HEECS, lives in Jenks, Okla., and is vice president of loan administration at Tulsa National Bank. She and her husband, Michael, are longtime football season ticket holders. They have especially enjoyed the past two seasons watching their niece, Jessica Dukes, play in the Cowboy marching band. Gates Compton ’77, ag econ, welcomed his first grandchild, Ryan Scott, in February. He and his wife, Teresa, who attended OSU in 1973, traveled to Atsugi, Japan, to see the new baby. Jerry D. Winchester ’77, agron, retired from the Soil Conservation Service after 32 years. He now is a rancher in eastern Love County and has three grown children and two grandchildren, Lacie and Colton. Robert Wayne Dodd ’78, mech power tech, and his wife, Carol, ’78, bus and pub admin, have been married 30 years. Their daughter, Michelle, recently started her freshman year in college, and their son, Nick, a junior in high school, received his Boy Scout Eagle rank in August. Janet Wiley ’78, HEECS, is a teacher for Oakdale School. Her daughter, Kristen, HRAD, and daughter-in-law AnDina Wiley, elem ed, graduated from OSU in May. Her son, Jared, ag comm, also graduated in 2005. She and her husband, Mark, who attended OSU in 1978, are glad to see a third generation of OSU alumni in the family. Janet’s parents are Melford Scott, ’54, an sci, and Margaret, who also attended OSU.

Steve Olsen ’82, M.S., vet parasit, recently was named COO for Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network Inc. in Maryville, Tenn., and its subsidiary, Ascendant Medical Laboratory, in Knoxville, Tenn. He was previously director of pathology and director of the reference laboratory at High Point Regional Health System. Bill Wall ’82, trade and ind ed, retired from Tinker Air Force Base after 36 years in government service. He now works as a logistics engineer for Dynamics Research Corporation.

Kathleen, who graduated in 2005 from Rutgers University. Their son, Jesam, graduated in April from the University of Pittsburgh. Patrick McLaughlin ’83, Ph.D., hist, and his wife, Nancy, welcomed their second grandchild, Tysen, in August 2005. Their other grandson, Chase, will celebrate his 3rd birthday this month. Jean Hudson ’84, org admin, and her husband, John, have a grandson, Danny Hudson, serving the U.S. Army in Italy.

Clayton L. Conley ’85, an sci, recently became commanding officer of the U.S. Navy helicopter squadron HSL-49 at Naval Air Station, North Island, in Coronado, Calif. Under his command, the squadron’s 249 sailors will continue to provide combatready helicopter detachments in support of the war on terror. His squadron will fly its armed SH-60B Seahawks in various missions, including anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. Anthony Goodwin ’85, mgmt, and his wife, Donna, adopted their daughter, Kyra, in April 2005 from Fuling, China. Kyra celebrated her second birthday in April.

Bonnie Lee Appleton ’83, Ph.D., crop sci, recently was awarded the Certificate of Teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Appleton was recognized for her dedication to teaching excellence and the positive impact she has made on students’ lives by sharing her love of horticulture. Lori Hughes Markes ’83, spec ed, recently began a job with First United Methodist Church in Enid, Okla., as the director of children’s education. Her daughter, Grace, is a freshman at OSU. Sylvester Ikpi ’83, forestry, ’85, agron, and his wife, Eugenia, have a daughter,

James “Jim” Horning ’85, chem eng, and his wife, Jamie, ’85, chem eng, stay busy with their two children, Matthew, 16, and Madeline, 13. Madeline is on a Division I club soccer team, and Matthew is on his high school basketball team, helping work toward its fourth consecutive state championship. Cousy Nash ’85, an sci, accepted a job with U.S. Smokeless Tobacco in October 2005 as a quality systems support manager. He will graduate this month with a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University. Lynne Arnold Policastro ’86, sec ed, had a nature story titled “Jorge’s Garden” published in the March 18, 2006, issue of Our Little Friend, a spiritually-oriented magazine. 99

STATE Magazine, Winter 2006  

STATE Magazine is the official magazine of Oklahoma State University.

STATE Magazine, Winter 2006  

STATE Magazine is the official magazine of Oklahoma State University.