ROGER BOND PEMBERTON
50 YEARS CONDENSED
(MISS EVA YOUNG, EHS ENGLISH LITERATURE, WOULD BE PROUD)
After graduation I went toOklahomaStateUniversitywhere I became a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, pledging with classmates Hank Harbaugh, Gilbert Krout, Jimmy Munger, and Gary Oringderff. After two years at OSU I transferred to Phillips University in Enid where I graduated in 1965 with a BS in Business Administration.
Upon completion of college I became employed with the Hartford Insurance Group,Oklahoma City,Oklahoma. I also spent time working at the company’s home office inHartford,Connecticutwhere I obtained a Masters Degree Insurance Principles & Management Techniques.
With the advent of the Viet Nam War I accepted a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Medical Service Corps. While stationed at Fort Sam Houston Texas, I was Aide-de-Camp to Major General Laurence A. Potter and served as Special Escort Officer to General William C. Westmoreland when he visitedBrookeArmyMedicalCenter, Fort Sam Houston, Texas to present awards to wounded veterans of the Viet Nam War.
I volunteered for service in Viet Namand left one week after our 10th High School Reunion, returning a year later. While I was inViet Nam I saw Gary Oringderff and Mike Robinson (EHS Class of 1962). Small world! During my 4 years of active duty, I obtained the rank of Captain, and received the Bronze Star Medal and two Army Commendation Medals.
I left the military in 1972 for employment with theSanta RosaMedicalCenter,San Antonio,Texas, which, at that time was the largestCatholicMedicalCenterin theUSwith over 3,500 employees. In 1985 I became Vice President and Administrator of theMedicalCenter. In 1987 I became employed with Incarnate Word Health Services,San Antonio,Texas, a healthcare system consisting of 12 hospitals and 6,000+ employees located throughoutTexasandMissouri, where I remained until I retired in 1999.
Along the way I have two 47 year old twin daughters and six grand children, ages 17-29, all living in Hot SpringsArkansas. Also, through a second marriage I have a 23 year old son, Bond, and a 19 year old daughter, Fay, both living at home and attending college here in San Antonio. I do have a Facebook account for those of you that might be interested. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I spent 10 years as a Coach in Little League Baseball while my son was young. Now being retired I spend time both fishing and hunting, and am an avid sports fan. Before my knees gave out I played a lot of golf. I love to barbeque and am considered a good cook by most of my close friends. I am also a great supporter of the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.
Earlier this summer I had a stroke and lost the eyesight in my left eye. A week later I had bypass surgery and have done well recovering at home. The only person that I have maintained steady contact with since high school is my friend Buddy Bugg of Enid. I look forward to seeing him and all of you that I have neglected to stay in touch with over the years.
God Bless you all.
Roger B. Pemberton