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Wanda Jackson to be honored on Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Wall of Fame

by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 8, 2013
Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and longtime Oklahoma City resident Wanda Jackson will be enshrined Thursday on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation Wall of Fame

Along with “The Queen of Rockabilly,” the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools will induct two other people with deep ties to the city school district – Jo Carol Cameron and James Loftis – to its Wall of Fame at a dinner Thursday at the Skirvin Hilton.

The Wall of Fame celebrates the long, rich history of the Oklahoma City Public Schools and includes some of the city’s and nation’s most influential alumni and community leaders. A champagne reception is planned Wednesday night at IAO Gallery, according to a news release.

Proceeds from the Wall of Fame support foundation programs that provide enhanced educational opportunities for students in Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Wall of Fame celebration is made possible with the support of Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy and American Fidelity Foundation and other generous donors.

Created in 1984, the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools is a nonprofit organization with a mission to advance excellence, create champions and build strong community support for lasting change in Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Foundation is the winner of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s 2010 Outstanding Local Education Foundation Program Award for Competitive Edge, 2009 Outstanding Local Education Foundation Program Award for Teachers Warehouse, 2006 Outstanding Local Education Foundation Program Award for Partners in Education, the 2000 Medal of Excellence Award, and the 1998 Award for Nonprofit Management Excellence. For more information, go to www.okckids.com.

Here is more on the honorees:

Wanda Jackson

Capitol Hill High School

Wanda Jackson and her musical talent were already well known in Oklahoma City by the time she graduated Capitol Hill High School in 1955. Shortly after graduation, the Maud native went on tour

with her father serving as manager and signed a deal with Capitol Records. She performed with Elvis Presley and became known as the Queen of Rock. In the late 1960s and

1970s, she turned to country and gospel music went on to perform country and gospel hits Jackson was named to Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. A year later, the Americana Music Awards presented Jackson with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She wasn’t finished yet. Jackson released her 31st studio album in 2012.

Jo Carol Cameron

Edgemere Elementary, Harding Junior High, Classen High School

Jo Carol Cameron’s commitment to community service and improving quality of life has been felt throughout Oklahoma City for decades. With her husband, C.B. Cameron, she founded Westminster School, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. While her husband served as president of American Fidelity Assurance Company, she was active in convention planning and is a member of the American Fidelity Foundation Board. Cameron was a longtime executive member of the Junior League, served as an officer for the OKC Symphony Orchestra League and was on the board of the Oklahoma City Art Museum. She is also a founding member of the Annie Oakley Society at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The Camerons have two children, Bill and Lynda.

James Loftis

Culbertson Grade School, Sequoyah Elementary, Taft Junior High, Northwest Classen High School

In the architectural profession, few stand taller than James Loftis. This 1960 graduate of Northwest Classen High School is leaving a mark on Oklahoma City. Loftis, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, led the design team for the award-winning Murrah Federal Office Building. His firm’s work at the Myriad Gardens includes the water stage and the botanical garden’s interior. He has also placed a high priority on the architectural profession and community involvement. A Class IV member of Leadership OKC, community service highlights began with the AIA’s first acquisition and renovation of the Overholser Mansion, continued with three terms on the Oklahoma State Architects Licensing Board, numerous civic board service, and culminated in his presidency of the Downtown Rotary Club 29. Loftis has maintained his ties with Northwest Classen, providing leadership with his class reunions and the Auditorium Board. He is married to Jan Gilmore Loftis, has two children, Jeff and David Loftis, and three grandchildren.

- BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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