EDMOND — The new Edmond Bulldog Alumni Club will induct on Tuesday the first five members of its hall of fame.
Honorees are University of Kansas University basketball head coach Bill Self, class of 1981; Edmond teacher and coach Byron Graham, class of 1965; Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb, class of 1965; historian and volunteer Beverly Terry, class of 1956; and the late Eloise Rodkey Rees, class of 1935.
The honorees, all Edmond High School or Edmond Memorial High School graduates, were selected by a panel for traits such as athletics, academics and activities.
The ceremony will be at Oak Tree Country Club.
Self has led University of Kansas basketball teams to nine straight Big 12 Conference regular season championships and the 2008 NCAA national championship. He was named The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2009.
Self played college basketball at Oklahoma State University, where he was a four-year letter winner between 1982 and 1985 and was an All-Big Eight selection in 1982.
He and his wife, Cindy, established in June 2006 the Assists Foundation, a nonprofit organization to serve as a fundraising conduit for organizations that serve a variety of youth initiatives.
Graham went to all 12 years of school in Edmond and was a three-year starter on the baseball and wrestling teams. He was in the Letterman's Club.
He attended OSU and returned to Edmond where he was a baseball and wrestling coach and teacher. He retired after teaching and coaching for 40 years.
Graham's teams won baseball state championships in 1991-92 and 1992-93. He had over 530 wins. He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.
Lamb has served on the Edmond City Council for 15 years. He was appointed mayor in 2011 and then elected for a two-year term in 2013.
Lamb is a longtime community volunteer, serving on a number of city boards and commissions including the Edmond Urban Forestry Commission and Central Edmond Urban Board.
He was inducted into the Edmond Hall of Fame in 2010. Lamb was the first to receive the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma Ray Duffy Personal Service Award in 1999.
Terry has actively promoted Edmond High School and the city of Edmond for more than 60 years. She retired after a 40-year career with Southwestern Bell and AT&T.
She served 13 years on the Edmond Historical Preservation Trust. She was instrumental in the trust acquiring the old Sanders Camera Shop on Second Street and returning the building to its original purpose, a one-room school, the first one built in 1889 in Oklahoma Territory. She helped with the fundraising and finding proof the building was indeed the first school house, along with the late Edmond historian Lucille Warrick.
Terry has served as building manager of the schoolhouse, making sure all the utility workers and repair people were on site when needed.
Eloise Rodkey Rees
The late Eloise Rodkey Rees was the granddaughter of the late Isaac Rodkey, an Edmond pioneer who owned the Rodkey Flour Mill. The company employed more than 30 workers. The Rodkey Four Elevator still stands west of the railroad tracks on Edmond Road.
As her children left home, she started a career as a writer. A number of her novels were published, and in her later years she actively pursued production opportunities for her screenplays and lyrical songs.
She was interested in the family business and managed her own investments. She was a generous contributor to her community and supported the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, the University of Central Oklahoma and restoration of the historic Rodkey Mill and Rodkey home.