USAO honors 3 out­stand­ing alumni

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CHICKASHA — The Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Arts of Ok­la­homa rec­og­nized three alumni for out­stand­ing achieve­ments and pub­lic ser­vice Nov. 3 dur­ing the an­nual home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties.

Pauline Span­gler and M. Franklin Keel were in­ducted into the Hall of Fame. Dr. Jac­que­line Evans, an emer­gency physi­cian and cap­tain in the U.S. Air Force Med­i­cal Corps, re­ceived the Young Alumni Award.

Keel, a mem­ber of the Chick­a­saw Na­tion, grad­u­ated in 1968 and en­tered the U.S. Air Force. As the first U.S. For­eign Ser­vice Of­fi­cer of Na­tive Amer­i­can de­scent, Keel rep­re­sented tribal in­ter­ests be­fore po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness lead­ers around the world.

He grad­u­ated from the Ok­la­homa City Uni­ver­sity School of Law, and was ap­pointed the eastern re­gional direc­tor for the Bureau of In­dian Af­fairs in 1997. Un­til his re­tire­ment in 2014, Keel served the 28 tribes of the re­gion. He also acted as the sole U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive at in­ter­na­tional meet­ings con­cern­ing in­dige­nous peo­ples in Rus­sia, Turkey, Canada and Mex­ico.

Span­gler was the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the records de­part­ment at Grady County Hos­pi­tal and aided in the tran­si­tion to a new hos­pi­tal in Chickasha. She served as a con­sul­tant to area hos­pi­tals on pro­fes­sional stan­dards in med­i­cal records.

Dur­ing her many years at Grady County Me­mo­rial, Span­gler served as sec­re­tary to the hos­pi­tal’s board of direc­tors and was a long­time board mem­ber of the Ok­la­homa Med­i­cal Records As­so­ci­a­tion. She helped de­velop the lo­cal chap­ter of the Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion. She re­tired in 1983.

Evans grad­u­ated summa cum laude in 2010 with a bach­e­lor's de­gree in bi­ol­ogy. She joined the Air Force's Com­mis­sioned Of­fi­cer Train­ing pro­gram and con­tin­ued her stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Ok­la­homa Col­lege of Medicine. In May 2014, Evans re­ceived her doc­tor of medicine de­gree with a spe­cial­iza­tion in emer­gency treat­ment.

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