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BAHS Alumni to Honor ‘Great Graduates’ Oct. 13

A long-standing tradition at Broken Arrow High School will continue this year when the BAHS Alumni Association bestows its “Great Graduate” recognition on four of its classmates.

The ceremonies are scheduled to take place on Oct.13 before and during halftime at the Tigers’ Homecoming football game against Edmond Santa Fe.
The recipients are:

Marcella Giles
From the Class of 1961, Giles has distinguished herself in the demanding professions of public education and law while never losing sight of her roots.

Giles was born on her grandmother’s allotment three miles south of Broken Arrow’s Main Street.

Later, while raising three sons, she taught school for 19 years before enrolling in the Georgetown University Law Center, graduating in 1989.

For nearly three decades, Giles has earned national recognition for her legal expertise in representation of Native American tribes and then, the national Indian population through the Department of Interior. She continues to serve as a strong advocate of the interests of Native American children and families.

Jennifer Robertson
Since her graduation as Salutatorian in the Class of 1977, Robertson has seen an award-filled career in the communications industry and 15-years-plus as a realtor in the Dallas area.

While Robertson has earned more than her share of professional honors, her son, Brock, says that in his mind, this lofty level of professional success “pales in comparison to the superhero-like career she has had as a mother and grandmother.”

Robertson was just beginning to see professional success in the telecommunications industry when, at the age of 26, she gave birth to twin girls born eight weeks premature. Both had intracranial brain bleeds, with doctors having very little hope for their survival.

Thirty-one years later, daughter Ashley continues to defy the odds. Although she has cerebral palsy and is mentally and physically challenged, she is able to talk, walk and is a friend to everyone she meets, notes her brother. Ashley even graduated from high school, thanks in large part to the love and care provided by her dedicated mother.

Today, Robertson works as a realtor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is consistently recognized as one of the top agents in the state.

Jerry Rosser
After graduating from the Class of 1960, Rosser enrolled in Oklahoma State University and its ROTC program. He had no way of knowing that decision would shape the rest of his life.

Following military service, the late Jerald G. “Jerry” Rosser became a renowned rocket scientist whose contributions to his country may never be fully known because much of his research and scientific discoveries remain “classified.”

Enough is known, however, to make it clear that he was a giant in his field.
Only a giant could qualify for his many honors, highlighted in 1989 by one of the nation’s most coveted awards, the U.S. Navy’s Reliability, Maintainability and Quality Assurance Motivation Commendation. Better known as the “Salty Dog” award, it came with a statue and certificates from officers of the Navy, Army and Air Force – the three military branches that benefited most from his leadership in revising missile related manufacturing procedures.

Lee Schoeffler
This “Great Graduate” from the Class of 1962 began his professional career as a chemist in Sunray DX Oil Co.’s Research and Development lab. Though it was an important job and one he was good at, the call of the medical profession was simply too strong for him to ignore.

Leaving the corporate world behind, Schoeffler graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and went on to complete post-graduate training at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City and Residency first in Neurology and then Ophthalmology. A year’s fellowship at Devers Eye Clinic in Portland, Oregon, followed before he opened the Tulsa Eye Clinic in 1975.

Schoeffler’s commitment to the medical profession includes service as clinical professor of ophthalmology at the OU School of Medicine and holding down responsibilities as vice chair of education for the school.

His many contributions to the state medical association and Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology are considered legendary by his colleagues.

Updated 10-09-2017

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