Darrell W. Wooster ‘62
- 2021 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Darrell Wooster ’62 began his journey to OMA by following in the footsteps of his father and brother who attended OMA in the 30’s and 50’s respectively. His arrival on the “Hill”, as a rabbit, in 1961, began a lifelong love of everything OMA. It’s values, discipline, and it’s people.
Wooster states, “First and foremost, the friendships forged at OMA have been priceless. Mr. Bushong was a math professor who caught me walking across the drill field and whistled from the dining hall and said “Why aren’t you in here taking the ACT test?” I explained to him that I had to get ready for a trip to New Orleans Mardi Gras since I was on the Drill Team. Well he explained to me that if I didn’t take the test there wouldn’t be any trip to Mardi Gras. That brought everything into perspective.”
The friendships gained at OMA include David Ward, Randy Haroldson, Randy Vierling and many, many others. Wooster and Randy Vierling have followed each other’s lives since OMA and live only 3 miles apart.
Wooster would like to express his thanks to Dr. Larry Rice and Dr. Danette Boyle, two selfless people who work tirelessly for RSU and OMA Alumni Association. He would also like to thank the OMA Board of Directors members and selection committee and all those who have poured their lives into helping him and other students past and present here on the “Hill”. He states “Thank you and God Bless”.