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Two OCLA Students, One OCW To Be Named to Hall of Fame

A Most Worthy Grand Matron of the Eastern Star, a social studies advocate and the chief executive officer of one of America's best hospitals will be honored this year as they are inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame.

Barbara Benton, a 1951 OCW graduate; Eugene Earsom, a 1970 OCLA graduate and Dr. Ron Anderson, a student of OCLA, will be honored during the Nov. 6 Hall of Fame ceremony during the USAO Alumni Homecoming.

Barbara Benton is a 55-year member of the Eastern Star. She was born in Hugo, Oklahoma and grew up in Pauls Valley. Her Choctaw Indian background has inspired the theme of her past time -- collecting American Indian artifacts, pottery, jewelry and folk art. Benton has presented the Lord's Prayer in Native American sign language in all 50 states and several countries.

Eugene Earsom is the program director for the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education at the University of Oklahoma. Earsom was named the Oklahoma Social Studies Teacher of the Year, 1988-89; the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, 1989-90; one of four nationally named Close Up Foundation - Linda Myers Chozen Award for Teaching Excellence in Civic Education, 1996-97, and received the Oklahoma Council for Social Studies Outstanding Service Award in 2004.

In 1973, Dr. Ron Anderson came to Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas to finish his internship. He served as medical director of ambulatory and emergency services and in 1982 was named president and CEO of Parkland. Anderson has long championed causes that improve health care for the medically underserved and, as a result, he has become one of the nation’s leading advocates of health care for the poor. He has served on the National Health Policy Initiative to advise the White House on health care issues and on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.