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The Archivist: Athletic doctor left lasting influence on Oklahoma City schools

Mary Phillips: Dr. H.H. Cloudman initiated physical education classes in Oklahoma City.
BY MARY PHILLIPS Published: January 21, 2013
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“He was an athlete, a soldier and a pioneer in the field of preventive medicine here.”

“He was elected physical director of schools and high school coach here. He was the first secretary of the Oklahoma State Highschool Athletic Association (now called the Oklahoma Secondary School Athletic Association or OSSAA) and first city Boy Scout commissioner.”

“In 1911, he began physical examinations in all schools. He arranged clinics for children who could not afford medical care and he set up a system of consultation with parents.”

“The physician was with the 45th division for 18½ years, and was a lieutenant colonel when he left the division in 1941 after a year's active service as a sanitary engineer. This was one of three military leaves he took from the school during his period of service.”

He retired in 1946 after 36 years of service to the Oklahoma City Schools.

Cloudman and his wife returned to Maine where he died in 1950.

So if “dressing out” for gym was not your favorite activity in school, you now know who to thank.

Read “The Archivist” at blog.NewsOK.com/archivist.