North, Ronnie

North, Ronnie '60RONNIE NORTH

Dear Class 0f  ’60 members:

I write after much water has run under the bridge these last 50 years for all of us. Enclosed you will find a brief summation of my highlites.
Many of you know my father passed away from a malignancy the summer we graduated from high school.  I stayed in Enid at Phillips University, running our furnature store, and managing to graduate on to OU Medical School in 1963. Some of you might remember our senior play “Our Hearts were Young and Gay”, in which Ed Emmons and I were two medical students on a cruise.  It is interesting that both of us emerged as physicians, Ed becoming an Orthopedist. I chose to stay in Oklahoma City as a General Surgical resident for 5 years, followed by the required two year commitment in the Army at Ft. Bragg, N.C. as a surgeon with the rank of Major. I then accepted a position as a Plastic Surgical Resident in Pittsurgh, PA for two years, followed by a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the University of Louisville under Dr. Harold Kleinert.  I then returned for a couple of years as a teaching instructor at Pitt, actually performing the first thumb replantation in western Pennsylvania 1977. I elected to turn to private practice in 1978, and moved to Lubbock Texas where I have been since.
I married Carole Fortson in 1964, and we have one offspring, Chuck, now a tenured PhD professor of economics at Baylor. Carole and I divorced after 29 years, and two years later I met and married my current wife, Gail, and inherited one son, Reagan, now a youth minister in Seattle after an undergrad degree from Univ. of North Carolina and a master of Theology from Fuller in Pasadena.
After a couple of years in Lubbock, I took up flying, encouraged by Bob McCoy after our 20th High School reunion.  I had my Twin 58TC Baron for 20 years, opening the doors for many other endeavors.
IN 1985 I was introduced to football officiating, and quit just last year. One highlite was getting assigned a quarter final high school game in Texas Stadium,Dallas, as the referee in 2007.
My knowledge of football rules also led me to a 15 year period of time on Texas Tech Radio as a “Rules of the Game” commentator, traveling to all of the Texas Tech ballgames with the team. Also golf is a hobby, but without much success.