Oklahoma Military Academy
First presented in 1983, the Oklahoma Military Academy Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes those alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional or military careers and in service to their community by participation in the OMA Alumni Association or in the activities of Rogers State University.
Mr. Wade Medbery, '53
Wade Medbery attended school in his hometown of Clinton, Oklahoma until 1949 when he enrolled at Oklahoma Military Academy, where he graduated from high school in 1951 and junior college in 1953. While at OMA, he participated in sports and many other activities, listing his favorite as the drill team due to their many demonstrations in support of sporting events as well as many parades.
Following Medbery's graduation from OMA, he remained in the US Army Reserves until he was commissioned in 1957 in Armor. He retired in 1984 after 31 years as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in major management positions in the Army for his last 14 years.
After his retirement from the Army, Medbery spent 1988 in Boston, serving as general manager of a diesel manufacturing company and helping with their reorganization efforts. Then he spent 1989 and most of 1990 in Palestine, Texas, where he served for a year as city manager.
Beginning in September of 1990, he worked under contract as the manager of a space experiment for the US Army Intelligence Agency in Fort Huachuca, Arizona until he fully retired in 1992. During his years in management, Medbery was a working member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club in Palestine, Texas. Upon full retirement, he and his late wife Barbara began travelling full-time throughout the United States.
In 1999, Medbery was elected to the Board of Directorsfor the OMA Alumni Association and served as president from 1999-2001. He worked with other Alumni to improve the museum, provide input for yearly reunions, and help search for alumni not known to the active roster. He was also instrumental, along with P.D. (Bud) Inhofe, in establishing the South Padre Island Mini Reunion in 1999,which has been held every fall since and has become a beloved OMA Alumni tradition.
Concerning his award as OMA Distinguished Alumni for 2014, Medbery states he is humbled by the nominations for this honor: "The best part of my attendance at OMA was the friendships made that I still maintain today."
Mr. William Ramsay, '61
Bill Ramsay graduated from high school in 1961 after spending two years at OMA, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He later graduated from The University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in business management.
Bill began his 40-year career in telecommunications at Southwestern Bell, working in the mailroom while attending college. After graduation, he held many different positions in Oklahoma and in St. Louis including sales, technical support and marketing.
He then joined AT&T at the time of the breakup of the Bell System. In 1986, Bill was hired by WilTel, a subsidiary of The Williams Companies in Tulsa at the time of the rapid growth and development stages of WilTel and WorldCom.
During this time, he worked with a team of executives in planning and executing several acquisitions, along with negotiating large domestic and international customer contracts. The company was ultimately acquired by Verizon, and he retired from there in 2007 as Director of Wholesale Accounts, responsible for a sales and technical support group with an annual revenue base of $300 million, including several top 10 global accounts.
Since leaving Verizon, Ramsay has been developing a portrait and event photography business, and has also been engaged in the development of an internet marketing company.
Bill has been involved in civic and community activities for many years including the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Junior Achievement and the Adopt-a-School program. He has also been very active in the Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association, serving as President of the Board of Directors for the past three years.
Bill and his wife Deann reside in Tulsa and have three children and four grandchildren.