Marler, William Coleman

Coleman Marler (September 11, 1939 – March 27, 2008)

William Coleman Marler, 68, died Thursday, March 27, 2008. He was known to many of his classmates by his middle name, Coleman. He was born September 11, 1939 to John and Jeannette Marler in Enid, OK. He married Pat Vaughan in Oklahoma City, his wife of 34 years. Coleman is survived by his wife and two sons, Eric and Mike, both of Edmond. He is also survived by a twin brother, Conrad Marler of Enid, brother and sister twins John Marler of Shreveport, LA and Joan Sparks of Flower Mound, TX; sister, Sara Bates of Niceville, FL and two grandchildren. Coleman served in the U.S. Air Force four years and graduated from Central State University in Edmond.

He was quick to smile, a friend to all, and shared his passion for gardening with all he knew. Graveside services were held Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 N. Grand Blvd, OKC. (Published in The Oklahoman on 3/29/2008)

Braithwaite Johnson, Glenda

Glenda Braithwaite-Johnson

It is really hard to compartmentalize my life….there’s been so many years. Can’t believe that it’s been 50 years since graduation and that I will be 68 on October 5. It is nice of the class to hold such a fun birthday party for me. Where to begin? …….After EHS it was on to Oklahoma University to become a Sooner where I stayed until ’62 graduating with a Masters in education; Picking up this degree as added insurance never really thinking I would be an actual teacher. The next phase was the “Air Force years”, having children, and living the good life as an AF wife.

Then, the “early Kansas years” which included having another child and getting the 3 into school. I divorced and started “the teaching years” which lasted almost 25 years. My husband Vern Johnson and I have been married 25 years blending five children together in 1982. I survived teaching ninth graders for most of those years and loved the subject that I taught, World Geography. Guess I caught the travel bug when I visited my father in Iraq after my ninth grade year. Some highlights of the teaching years: attending a five week seminar in Washington D.C. sponsored by National Geographic (for a geography teacher, that’s like going to Mecca), attending a two week geography institute in Japan, getting the Kansas Geography Alliance started and other school related events.

I have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren. My husband fathered 2 children in an earlier marriage but we lost one, a son, at age 39. Vern has another 3 grandchildren, whom I consider mine. Vern’s other child, Kristen (41) is a pharmaceutical representative for Glaxo Kline Smith Beecham. My son, Mak Knighton, is a computer 3-D animator and lives in London. Amanda, my youngest, is a stay at home Mom expecting my sixth grandchild in January at age 39. She has been a producer-writer for Universal Studios in Orlando before starting her own family. Kelly is my middle child and a very special blessing in that she often reminds me to trust God for direction rather than to lean on my own understanding.

Vern and I have entered “the retirement phase of our life” and do nothing better than anyone we know. Actually, we travel quite a bit both nationally and internationally. Our children and grandchildren are scattered across the country and my son lives in London which takes us across the pond every few years. We live in Overland Park located in NE Kansas and is considered part of the Kansas City, MO metro area so we cheer for the Chiefs and the Royals, but I have never forgotten my Sooners and am looking forward to another great football season for OU. I must confess that I have been indoctrinated into loving KU basketball. Looking forward to seeing all of you.

Glenda Braithwaite-Johnson
PS. Look for a blonde Braithwaite

Roe, Howard

Howard Roe


After graduation I attended Wichita State University on a football scholarship. I lettered three years in football and three years in baseball. I was fortunate to play for one of the finest baseball programs in the country with wonderful coaches in both football and baseball. Our team won the Missouri Valley Conference Football Championship my senior year and I was honored to be selected to the All-MVC Squad. I received my undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and my Master’s Degree in Personnel Management at the University. That is where I met my wife Joan and we just celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary this past June. She is a beautiful and talented person and we have two beautiful daughters ( Stephanie and Suzanne) who both live in Colorado with their husbands and children within 20 miles of each other. We have four grandchildren Eric, Blake , Jack and little “Libby” who was born on June 14 Flag Day a year ago. They are all a delight and each so different personality wise and we love being within easy driving distance from them. Joan is a concert pianist and was selected as Miss Nebraska in 1959 when at that time there was as much emphasis placed on talent as there was beauty.


My career commenced in Wichita where I taught, coached, counseled and was a school principal for a total of ten years. After that stint I joined the Farm Credit Banks in Wichita and served as their Director of Personnel for the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. I relocated with their national organization to Denver and served as the National Personnel Service Director. After three years in that position and not wishing to transfer to the Washington D.C. area I wound up in the Oil and Gas Industry for ten years which was a wonderful opportunity to work in the financial district of Denver. My company at that time relocated to Houston; however I had no desire to leave Colorado. That is when I wound up my corporate career with Lockheed Martin Astronautics where I served as their Director of Staffing and College and Employee Relations Department Head. This was a fascinating area of employment for 12 years and I had opportunities to meet and get acquainted with many of our Astronauts… two of which we employed at Lockheed after completing their missions.


During my corporate career I also had a dual career during those years. I was a Referee in the Big Eight Football Conference for seven years prior to being recruited by the National Football League. I spent 14 seasons on the field as a Referee in the NFL and was fortunate to work every game possible including an NFC Championship Game, Two Pro Bowl Games, American Bowl in Tokyo, Hall of Fame game in Canton and 15 Monday Night Football Games. During that period of time on the field I was able to stay healthy; however was knocked on my posterior a few times. After retiring from the field I continue to serve as a National Football League Representative and Talent Scout. Joan and I built a new home in Castle Rock, Colorado two years ago and I was elected to serve on our HOA Board……which at times is like refereeing or playing peacemaker amongst residents. Overall our resident problems have been at a minimum. We have a beautiful view from our deck of the Rocky Mountains and have some gorgeous pine trees in our geographical area. A great deck to sip some fine wines and enjoy the sunsets. In fact the class of 1957 is invited to visit us in Colorado…….if you promise not to all come at the same time. Please give us some advance notice whereas I can be sure to have our wine cabinet stocked upon your arrival.


With that said the absolute joy of my life and the best thing that ever happened to me was to meet and marry Joan and have a wonderful and healthy family for which we are so blessed. I shall never forget the wonderful education, teachers and friends I developed in Enid. My parents were so supportive of all my endeavors and encouraged me to participate in a number of activities including speech classes, radio and television classes taught by Una Lee Voigt and to participate in school stage productions including our senior play. Mrs. Poindexter was so kind in working with my baseball coach John Provost that spring in order that I could do both that year. I would hope our grandchildren have as many enjoyable experiences as I had during my three years at Enid High School.


Joan and I look forward to seeing you in October for a great time re-living our high school years and sharing our wonderful lives today.


Howard Roe

Acton, Jerry & Judy (Record Acton)

Jerry Acton and Judy (Record) Acton


Judy and I have known each other for 62 years (although not in a biblical sense all that time).  We met in Miss Overbee’s first-grade class at Wilson grade school.  We dated in High School and married in 1959.


We have lived an ordinary life (at least compared to the overachievers in our class).  Our main contribution has evidently been procreation.  We have four grown children, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 


After high school, Judy attended Enid Business College.  I took a more circuitous educational route.  I attended OU, Texas A&I, San Diego CC, Central State (Oklahoma), ultimately graduating from Phillips University after a mere eleven years.  A lot of the schooling took place while I was in the navy.  Following that I attended law school at Oklahoma City University. 


My work history is somewhat similar to my checkered educational experience.  After the Navy, I worked at Aero Commander in OKC until the obligatory annual layoff.  I then worked for IBM Corporation in OKC and Enid for a few years.  I was always active in the boy scouts and became a professional scout executive while we were living in Enid.  The scouts are not different than most corporations and we were moved from place to place.  First we were moved to Cherokee, OK, then to Albuquerque where I was a Field Director, and Director of Finance & Program.  We were then transferred to the council in Austin.  After 13 years in the scouts, I finally got sick and tired of all the little pecker-woods and their parents.  I entered the insurance business.  I spent several years at the Texas Attorney General’s office as litigation manager before heading up the proceedings team at Texas Mutual Insurance Company where I retired two years ago.


Judy has also had a checkered work experience as a day-care worker followed by a day-care owner.  She has also worked as a telephone operator, a security central station operator, a workers’ compensation adjuster, and Patient Financial Counselor at a cancer clinic where she retired three years ago.


All things considered, we’ve had a good life.  We are disappointed that we will not be able to make the reunion, but we’ll probably get over it in time.

Collins, Jerry & Carolyn (Gerten Collins)

Jerry and Carolyn Gerten-Collins


You may not remember Jerry (Gerald) and me in school.  We were rather low profile.  I attended the Catholic school through my sophomore year. Then went to Enid High my junior and senior year. Belonging to DECA, I worked at Morgan’s Diamond Shop, still finding lots of time for my friends in both schools.


Jerry on the other hand was more into the Playboy’s Car Club and National Guard than into school.  He did have a favorite class, which happened to be Art.  Miss Bales never caught on that all his sketches were of Bank Lumber Company, across the street from Dairy Maid #14.


Jerry and I did not know each other in high school; we must not have been too impressed with each other at the time.  We met for the first time in 1958 at Dairy Maid #14 (how romantic). We hit it off and were married in September of 1959. 


Since then, we had two lovely daughters; both are great moms to our 3 grandsons from 13 to 16 years.   Even though all live in Oklahoma, we do not seem to see them enough. They are busy; we are busy so when time permits we make the best of it.


I had worked for Oil & Gas companies for more than 30 years and grew tired of the ups and downs of the industry so I went to work in the accounting department of Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City late in 1999.  I love the people contact.


Jerry had traveled all over the mid-west and south-west USA as a sales representative of industrial rubber companies.  He retired in 2001.  As a bored, stay at home husband we decided he needed a part-time occupation.  He has been working part time Land Company assisting in oil and gas leasing since August 2005. We both have been happier people since.


I love gardening of all kinds it is a kind of outdoor therapy and have served as President of the Water Garden Society of Oklahoma this year and in 1996.  I have enjoyed serving on most of the committees through the years with Jerry at my side.


Jerry is more into inanimate objects.  He thrives on the latest electronics.  He probably has more TV’s, telephones etc in our house than anybody I know.


We love people, music and travel; all of which make us happy.  In our younger years we made many trips to Mexico. In our travels, we had trips by trains, planes, buses and automobiles. Jerry also took many trips by motorcycle to the back country where most cars wouldn’t go. Since I didn’t ride on the motorcycle, one time I rode on a second class bus with the chickens and goats. We would meet up each night. The adventure was overwhelming but I learned fast not to do that again.  Life has been an adventure, as Jerry knows no fear.  He delighted in getting us in tight spots that I was not sure we would live through.  A bit more cautious of late, we enjoy the western states and cruises.  The eat, drink and make new friends are better for now.

Sailors, Tom & Ruth Ann (Brown Sailors)

Tom and Ruth Ann Brown-Sailors
Family members from left to right are Nancy and Kelly Killam, Ruth Ann, Tom, Greg and Brooke Kadet. Children from left to right are: Katie, Emilie, and Matt Killam, Anna and Jake Kadet.

Fifty years in a few short paragraphs? If this gets long, remember there are two of us. Here goes!

Yes, Tom and I are still in Enid, and I might add, by choice. I was born in Enid and Tom moved to Enid from OKC in the eighth grade. We were acquainted during high school but never had a class together. After graduation, I attended Christian College for Women in Columbia, MO my freshman year and then transferred to O.S.U., where I graduated with a BS in Art Education in 1961 and Masters in Elementary Education in 1963. Tom attended O.U. with Don Pierce, Steve Meese and Dan Duggan. He then transferred to O.S.U. with Don Pierce, where Don began his sophomore year when we had a Humanities class together, along with Bill Humphries. He “claims” that Bill pushed him down the stairs and when he looked up he found me helping to pick him and his books up from the floor. He graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration with a major in Economics in 1962.

We were married in Aug. of 1961 and stayed in Enid, where I began my teaching career in a little one room school house west of town, teaching the first four grades and Tom finished his degree at the end of the first semester at OSU. He then took a position as a land man with Humble Oil Co. In August of 1962, we decided the corporate life wasn’t for us and decided to go back to O.S.U. to work on our Master’s degrees. In 1963, Tom accepted a position as Enid’s assistant City Manager, and I taught 3rd grade at Hayes Elem. Tom quickly developed a passion for municipal government and public service in general and more specifically, in Enid. I continued to teach until Nancy was born in 1967, then became a stay at home Mom for the next 18 years. Katherine, “Brooke” was born in 1974, and was named after my favorite teacher and mentor at EHS, Katherine Bales. (If you did not have Miss Bales back then, she was quite a lady….took every kid who had been kicked out of everything else or couldn’t pass anything else…and worked with them to keep them in school. She greatly influenced my career choice and my teaching style.) We thought Enid was the perfect place to raise our family. During these years, I did a lot of charity work through the Junior Welfare League and volunteered on various boards in need. I was busy with the girls’ school activities, car pools, dancing lessons, sports, etc. I loved every minute of those years, which seemed to pass too quickly.

I’m very proud of Tom’s achievements, and since this reunion is a “celebration of our roots” in Enid, you might be interested in things he did to improve our city. In 1969, he was appointed City Manager of Enid at age 29, the youngest city manager in the USA. He was fortunate to work with many community leaders and employees and with their assistance completed many needed projects. City hall was moved from Convention hall to a new municipal office complex, new police, fire, public works, waterworks and airport facilities were constructed and additional parks were acquired and expanded. Major comprehensive planning was undertaken, municipal boundaries expanded and significant growth in the mid 1960’s to early 1980’s was effectively managed with new sub-division and zoning tools. During this time and with the support of many, he was recognized professionally on numerous occasions for contributions to our city and state. He was selected Oklahoma’s outstanding person at age 34, was a distinguished guest at the Air War College and recipient of the International City Management’s Innovation in Management Award on several occasions.

In 1980 with a mid-life crisis at hand and a young family to support, Tom resigned his position with the City to buy his family’s distribution business, which he managed until its sale in 2004. He also formed a consultant firm focused on and providing a variety of services to municipal governments. He managed public trust authorities, assisting in public financings. In Enid this consisted of public utility and safety projects, Enid’s Meadolake Psychiatric Hospital, a dual diagnosed facility at Enid’s Northern Okla. Resource Center (formerly the Enid State School). He also served as a consultant to downtown Enid, Inc. in the 80’s and assisted in the development of design projects for down town streetscape and storefronts together with the planning, funding and development of the Cherokee Strip Conference Center in downtown Enid. During this time he served as board chairman of a national banking corporation and President of the Valley Investment Corp., the general partner in the management of Moto Photo’s of Kansas.

Enid experienced considerable growth between the late 70’s and the mid 80’s and its population grew by 11,000 to a total of approximately 67,600. (In 1957 the population of Enid was about 38,000.) However, with the oil bust of the late 80’s our population fell by almost 11,000. In 1991, he became President of Enid Development Coalition, which was formed to promote economic growth. He was challenged but filled over 500,000 sq. ft. of vacant warehouse and manufacturing space with firms, creating some 1,800 new jobs and $44 million in annual payroll and benefits. He has also served our university community as chairman for fund raising campaigns, has chaired the Enid Higher Education Foundation and assisted in funding the acquisition of State supported higher education. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Enid Tri-State Music Festival, Co-Chairman of the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Economic Development team, and Director of the United Way. He still cherishes his years with the City of Enid as the highlight of his career.

Well, Nancy went off to OSU, Brooke was in Jr. High, and I went back to teaching. I taught 5 years at Monroe and then moved back to EHS for 10 years where I taught studio Art, Art History, was yearbook Sponsor, and also served as Dept. Head and Art Supervisor for the Enid Public School system. (Just call me Katherine Bales!) Loved teaching….loved the kids! I was able to leave a few things for posterity…spent 6 years researching and making the May Fete panels (in the name of the Class of 1957) that hang next to the library in the main hall of EHS. Was also the chairman of “The Vision Seeker” project, acquiring and setting the monument that signifies the image of the Plainsman. The student body honored me with two awards, which mean more to me than if I had won the Nobel Peace prize. One of these, “Pride of the Plainsman”, was awarded to me and my late good friend, Bobby Atkinson, on the same day, which made it even more special. His award recognized him for working with children through sports and mine through education.

Tom is semi-retired and serves as Chairman and CEO of the National Business Association (NBA, a group of business owner based in Dallas. With NBA, he is involved in public policy work on behalf of the association in Dallas and Washington DC. He continues to do municipal consulting, but on a more limited basis. He is currently assisting in the development of several capital funding projects for Enid. He serves our church on its administrative board and is a member of Rotary. I retired from teaching in the year 2000 thinking I would have time to paint, etc. While I have joined a bridge group and serve as a board member of the EHS Alumni Association, my painting goes neglected, as I stay extremely busy with family and grandchildren. Nancy married an Enid man, Kelly Killam, and they live here with their three children, Katie (15), Matt (11), and Emilie (8). Kelly works with computers at Vance AFB and Nancy teaches Pre-K at Taft. We stay busy at the kid’s ball games, dance recitals, etc. and have lots of sleep overs at our home and good times in our pool. We are indoctrinating them early by taking them to OSU football and basketball games. Brooke also graduated from OSU, taught in Tulsa 2 years, and then married a Yankee man from Rhode Island, Greg Kadet. He is with UBS and in their 7 years of marriage have lived in Denver, Chicago, St. Louis and now Tampa. We have enjoyed exploring and getting better acquainted with these cities. They have two little cuties, Jake (5) and Anna (almost 3). We try to visit often and hope they will get back to the mid west area soon.

Tom and I have enjoyed working on the reunion committee during the years, and are looking forward to seeing everyone again in October. Fifty years…WOW! I always thought people who had 50 year reunions were OLD! I don’t think of us as that now. Maybe our bodies are slower but our spirits are still young. Joan, Karen, Carolyn, Jody…think we could still lead “Let er Rip”?

Tom and Ruth Ann (Brown) Sailors

Bowart, Walter

Walter Howard Bowart (deceased December 18, 2007)

Walter Bowart, a leader in the counterculture movement of the late 1960s, founder and editor of the first underground newspaper in New York, The East Village Other, and author of the book Operation Mind Control, died December 18th, 2007, age 68.

Mr. Bowart was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1939 and was raised in Enid, Oklahoma. His talent for writing became apparent early on: at Enid High School he was president of the Journalism Club and co-editor of the school’s newspaper, the Quill Weekly. He subsequently won a McMahon Scholarship in journalism to the University of Oklahoma. In the early 1960s he moved to New York, initially to pursue an interest in painting. There, he met his first wife Linda Dugmore, daughter of Abstract Expressionist Edward Dugmore, and together they had a son, Wolfe. In 1965, Mr. Bowart, along with John Wilcock, Sherry Needham, and Allan Katzman, founded the East Village Other (EVO). EVO was widely regarded as the voice of “the movement” and offered a newsprint medium for the rants, artwork, poetry and comics of such 60’s icons as Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Crumb, Marshall McCluhan, Spain Rodriguez, and The Fugs. It was during this period that Mr. Bowart testified at the Senate Juvenile Delinquency Subcommittee hearing held in 1966 in Washington, D.C., against banning LSD.

Through his connection with Timothy Leary and the psychedelic underground, Walter met his second wife, Peggy Mellon Hitchcock. They moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1968 where Bowart founded Omen Press, a publishing house for metaphysical books. He and Peggy had two daughters, Sophia and Nuria. During this period Walt wrote the book that was to become his seminal work, Operation Mind Control. Operation Mind Control, published by Dell in 1978, is a 686-page investigative report into government mind control through the use of drugs such as LSD, behavior modification, hypnosis, and other “psycho-weapons.” With a foreword by “The Manchurian Candidate” author Richard Condon, it became a benchmark in its field.

Following a European promotional tour, Bowart moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he continued his research, became a contributor to the Aspen Daily News, and met and married Margo Jordan. In the early 1980s, Bowart created and published the Port Townsend Daily News in Washington, where he met and married Rebecca Fullerton and had his fourth child, Wythe. In the late 80s, Walter moved to Palm Springs, California to become the editor of Palm Springs Life Magazine.

During Mr. Bowart’s later years, he researched and wrote prolifically. He created The Freedom of Thought Foundation; a non-profit dedicated to the education of the public about mind control. Walt was a frequently invited guest speaker at forums and conferences around the country. At the time of his death, Mr. Bowart was working on several screenplays and novels, one entitled The Other Crusades, about New York in the early 1960s.

He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. In addition to his four children, he is survived by three sisters Janet, Nancy and Kathy. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 808, Chewelah, Washington, 99109. For more information on the memorial service email Walt Bowart Memorial

Remembering Walter Bowart

We came to know Walter while he lived with us. He became part of our family because of his love, support and understanding for all of us. We endured good and bad times together but we supported each other throughout the way. Walter was an incredible soul who radiated warmth to all who surrounded him. He was that person who loved to give, and not ever waiting to get anything back, because giving was his pleasure in itself.

He was brilliant in many different ways. In terms of intelligence, his intellect was way beyond the usual capacity. Walter would often be found reading a book, listening to the radio, watching TV and taking notes while having a conversation with you at the same time. He liked to sleep with the History Channel or his favorite radio station on and when he would wake, he would tell all about the programs that subconsciously entered his forever open and ready mind. He amazed us with this every time. He would buy a new book just about every day and use his speed reading ability to get through them instantaneously. His books were his treasures and he valued them for the knowledge that gave him such pleasure. He was always looking for the truth in every aspect of life and beyond. His hunger for knowledge was endless and this drove him in his search for more than most people would readily accept to be true.

Walter was also great with people. It seemed like he was a magnet that everyone was willing and desired to stick to. He found a way into everyone’s heart within minutes of meeting them, and he did it with sincerity. He wasn’t trying to be nice; he loved people and saw positive sides in every person and helped them realized these qualities within themselves.

He was the greatest teacher we knew and at the same time he would always say that every person he encountered was a teacher for him. This was another one of his many gifts, to recognize everyone’s potential and encourage them how to use it correctly.

He also had such a fun sense of humor and his laugh was so attractive, we could not help but simply laugh with him at times for the pleasure of sharing the moment. He was happy as we knew him, and it was always easy to get that gentle and warm smile out of him. Even during his sickness, his spirit found joy in many things and he did not want to show us his pain so that it would not in turn hurt us. We love Walter very much and always will. He will always be in our heart and his room in our house will always remain Walter’s room. Every time we go in there we can feel his energy, remember our many conversations and his big blue sparkly eyes. He was a best friend to all of us.

Galina, Nadya and Nick Migalko