Gary Easley was born in the small town of Cassville, Missouri, the son of Henry and Marzell Easley. He grew up on a farm where his parents instilled the values of hard work and good moral character.
Upon graduation from Cassville High School in 1957, he was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend Oklahoma Military Academy. During his two years at OMA, he was on the Student Senate, was named Class Secretary, earned the Merit Ribbon, earned Military Proficiency Ribbon and was in the top 10 percent of his military classes. He also lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Attending OMA proved to be a major factor in his future life and career path.
After graduating from OMA in 1959, he continued his education at Southwest Missouri University in Springfield, Missouri, on a football scholarship. Following graduation, he taught social sciences and coached in Missouri for three years. In 1965, he was contacted by OMA for a teaching and coaching position in the high school division and decided to return to “The Hill.” While teaching and coaching, he earned his master’s degree in education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. After he moved from the high school to the junior college division of OMA, he continued to teach in the social sciences department as well as coaching the college golf team.
When the decision was made to close OMA, he remained on faculty during the transition to Claremore Junior College, which is now Rogers State University. Until his retirement, he continued to teach, was Division Director of the Social Sciences Department and coached the college men’s golf team. His teams qualified and placed in the national junior college golf tournament several times.
Along with his career in teaching and coaching, he served as an official for the Oklahoma High School Officials Association in football and basketball for 45 years. In 2015, he was admitted to the Oklahoma Officials Association Hall of Fame.
He was instrumental in the formation of Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore. He also serves as Trustee on the Rogers County Public Facilities Authority for Heritage Hills Golf Course.
“My years as a student at OMA and the impression they made on me, a farm boy from Missouri, made an easy decision to return to teach and coach. I was a student, teacher and coach on The Hill for 30 years.”
He resides in Claremore with his wife, Janice, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Robert [Rob] Frank attended OMA from 1966 to 1969, graduating high school in 1967 and junior college in 1969. During his time at OMA he held the positions of Squad Leader, First Sergeant, Platoon Leader, Company Commander and S-2. Frank was a member of the Chevron Society, Saber Society, Honor Court, Rabbit Drill Team, New Cadet Detail, and Dean’s Honor Roll. In1968 he received a Lifesaving Commendation from the American Red Cross and OMA for saving the life of a 7 year old boy.
During his Rabbit Period, Frank was involved in an accident involving an impaired driver resulting in injuries that would keep him from military service. He elected to remain at OMA knowing he would never receive a commission.
Upon graduation, Frank attended the Texas State Law Enforcement Academy graduating in 1970 and served as a police officer in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1973, he was selected to become a member of a newly formed state law enforcement agency specializing in fugitive apprehension and tactical operations [SWAT].
Frank attended U.S. Marine Corps Special Weapons School, Urban Warfare School, Sniper School, and Air Assault School. He was assigned to the Dallas Fort Worth Metro unit serving in a variety of assignments across north and west Texas until 1979. During his time of service, Frank was awarded Police Officers Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Award, Community Service Award and Lifesaving Award, achieving the rank of Tactical Sergeant [Staff Sergeant].
In 1977, he earned his MBA from Southern Methodist University and in 1979 elected to leave law enforcement to enter the corporate world, where he enjoyed a 30-year career holding positions from Manager Trainee to Global Operations Officer for Lee Apparel Company, Rawlings Sporting Goods and Superior Battery Inc.
In 2009, Frank made the move from the corporate world to the non-profit world, where he presently serves as Global Chief Executive Officer with Bible League International, a Chicago-based Christian service non-profit with 65 offices around the world.
Rob resides in St. John, Indiana with his wife Teresa. They have two children, Brandy Frank Lasiter, who resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with her husband Jason and son Henry; and Travis Frank, a senior at Anderson University, where he is majoring in criminal justice.
Frank currently serves as a member of the OMA Alumni Association Board of Directors and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Allen Luther Lewis graduated from OMA Junior College in 1961, received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Indiana University in 1963, an MBA in Economics from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1972, and completed the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1993.
While at OMA he achieved the rank of Cadet Second Lieutenant and received the Outstanding Cadet Identification Disk, Academic Achievement Wreath, Merit Ribbon, Military Proficiency Ribbon, Top Military Science Award, Top Science Award, DA Superior Military School Cadet Medal, and the Association of the US Army Medal. He was on the Dean’s and President’s Honor Roll, and the New Cadet Detail. He was a member of the Chevron and Saber Society and the Sports Editor of the ’61 “Vedette.”
He was commissioned a Lieutenant of Artillery and entered active duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in September 1963, and served on Active Army for 28 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1991. Assignments included Germany (1964-67), South Vietnam (1967-68), South Korea (1972-73), and at several Army installation and other locations in the U.S. He was assigned to the Army Staff at the Pentagon (1982-83), where he was the Army’s focal point for Space Activities. He graduated from several Army schools, including the Field Artillery Officers Advanced Course, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College. His last assignment was as Chief of the Army Element, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force and the Senior Army Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space. Decorations received include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and was awarded the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Air Force Master Space Badge.
After retiring from the Army, Allen joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, in their Washington Operations Office in Washington, D.C. He retired in 2003, as Director, Advanced Space Programs, Space and Strategic Missiles Sector, Lockheed Martin Corporation Washington Operations.
Allen married Colleen Goeppner of Jasper, Indiana, on November 30, 1963. They have two sons: Allen II, born at Stuttgart, Germany in 1967, and Michael, born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1969; and four grandchildren.
Tom Murray was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, and Del City, Oklahoma. He entered OMA for his junior year in high school and left after his first year of junior college. As an OMA cadet, he was on the President’s Honor Roll and received the Outstanding Cadet Identification Disc all three years. He won the Reserve Officers Association award and also was selected as the outstanding graduating cadet in the high school class of 1957. In junior college, he was the president of his freshman class, became a Distinguished Military Student (DMS) and was Commander of the Outstanding Company for the second semester. In his three years at OMA, he earned seven Athletic letters, was the Tri-Captain of the 1956 high school team and received a football scholarship for his freshman year in junior college.
In July 1958, Tom entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Graduating in June 1962, he entered the Army as Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He served 20 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his Army service, he served in a wide variety of command and staff jobs. He was a paratrooper (30 jumps), a Ranger and an Army Aviator qualified in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. As an aviator, he accumulated more than 2,400 flying hours of which more than 1,300 were logged during two years in Vietnam. After acquiring a master’s degree in management from the University of Arizona, Tom was designated as an Army Research and Development Coordinator. In this capacity, his concern was the establishment of Army materiel requirements and management functions related to the Army materiel acquisition process. Some results of his efforts are the
AH-1Q Tow Cobra attack helicopter, the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter and the UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopter. Among his Army decorations are three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, a Navy Commendation Medal with “V’ for valor, two Meritorious Service Medals and 28 Air Medals.
After retiring from the Army, he entered the aerospace industry as the Army Business Development Manager for Lear Siegler in Santa Monica, California. Later, he became Director of New Products, concerned with technology transfer and license agreements with foreign countries. Moving to Litton Data Systems in 1995, he became the Business Development Program Manager and later Director of the Rapid Deployment Systems Strategic Business Unit (SBU). Litton was purchased by Northrup Grumman in 2001. With Northrup, Tom became the Business Development lead for the improved glass cockpit for the USMC AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters. In a partnership with Bell Helicopter, he worked on the Japanese, Turkish and Korean Advance Attack helicopter programs. He retired from Northrop in late 2002 and moved to The Villages, Florida with his wife of 54 years, Rae Ann, whom he married on the day of his graduation from West Point. They have two children, Michelle and Tom III, and six grandchildren of whom they are very proud.
“I was just a boy when I entered OMA, but what I learned there, from the faculty and my fellow cadets, prepared me well for the rest of my life,” he says.
Clark Dean Webb was born in Oklahoma City in 1943. An “Army Brat,” Webb had lived in 17 different locations prior to attending OMA in fall 1957. The only grade he started and finished in the same school was the 6th grade. Prior to starting high school, Webb and his parents decided it might be best to attend OMA so he could get a consistent educational philosophy during high school.
During his four years at OMA high school, he was in Headquarters Co. except for the first semester of his senior year when he was Battalion Sargent Major. He was a member of the band, football team and baseball team all four years and was on the wrestling team during his senior year. He also was part of the Best Drilled Company, Platoon and Squad, the Chapel Foundation, Chevron Society, Guidon Staff, Vedette Staff, Honor Court, O Club and New Cadet Detail. He received the Military Proficiency Ribbon and Outstanding Cadet Identification Disk, and he received the Outstanding High School Athlete Award upon his 1961 graduation.
His fondest memories of OMA are athletics; band trips to Oklahoma City, San Antonio and New Orleans; bivouac; and the train rides from Oklahoma City back to Claremore on Sunday evening.
Following graduation, he went to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a clerk for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) while attending George Washington University for a year and a half and then to El Paso for another year and a half while attending Texas Western College. In 1964, he attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, where he graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence from 1967 to early 1971, after which he went directly into the FBI where he served as a Special Agent from 1971 until his retirement in 1996. While in the FBI, he was assigned to offices in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, New Orleans and Houston.
He married Terry A. Hewell in 1968 and they have two sons, Aric of New York City and Sean and wife Crystal of Evergreen, Colorado.
Throughout his life, he has been active in various church activities relating to youth, young adults and mission trips. From 1998 to 2003, he and his wife were Co-Youth Directors at their church in Seguin, Texas. From 1979- 2001, he was active in officiating football, soccer and volleyball. He was a volunteer with the Salt Lake City Olympic Torch Relay from Atlanta to Salt Lake 2001-02. He serves on the Boards of the Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Texas Lutheran University Wesley Foundation. He serves as a member of the Seguin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Guadalupe County Emergency Response Team, Guadalupe County Master Gardener’s and a volunteer with the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center.
His recollections of OMA were somewhat of a blur, until he returned to his first reunion in the early 1990s. Since then, some memories have been refreshed, but he always seems to dwell most on his classmates who gave their lives in Vietnam. He is proud to have been able to attend OMA and is truly humbled by being recognized as a Distinguished Alumni.