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April 20, 1999

The Perry Elks chose wisely when they asked Kathy Henry to keynote their annual Education Awards banquet last night. If anyone can provide intelligent advice on the benefits of good educational preparedness for the inevitable career choices, this petite and jaunty young Perry woman can do it. Right now she and her husband, the British-born Robin (Jamie) Jamieson, are operating an international marketing firm, Henry Jamieson Associates, from their lovely new home on the shore of Lake Keystone, over by Cleveland in Pawnee county. They are an attractive young couple living an admirable life with their four-year-old son, Adam. They didn't attain their present station by stumbling blindly along the way. It takes careful planning, thoughtful preparation and being in the right place at the right time to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. Education is paramount in all of that.

After graduating from Perry high school in 1968, Kathy enrolled at Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond. She graduated from there, cum laude, in 1972 with a double major in journalism and commercial art. She soon became an account executive with a large Oklahoma advertising agency, Lowe Runkle, with McDonald's Restaurants as one of her clients. McDonald's quickly recognized her marketing aptitude and hired her away from Lowe Runkle, launching the young Perry miss on an astonishing career in big-time industrial circles.

In succession, Kathy was made an assistant, then regional marketing manager, in Detroit. She held that job in 1975-78, then was promoted to the McDonald's corporate office near Chicago. From 1978-85 she served as director of international marketing, national store marketing manager, director of national sales promotion and staff director of sales development for the golden arches firm. She was director of marketing for McDonald's of France, based in Paris, 1985-86. The next two years she was director of marketing for McDonald's Development Company, Ltd., in Europe, at the company's headquarters in London. Pretty heady stuff. Kathy quickly gives credit to her educational preparedness, acquired at PHS and the University of Central Oklahoma, for her adventures in the global corporate environment.

Kathy left the McDonald's corporation after 23 years and returned to her Oklahoma roots with her husband, whom she met in Venice, Italy. Mr. Jamieson is a former international marketer for Seagram, Max Factor and Waterford Wedgwood. They've been married seven years and currently are trying to complete their French Provence farmhouse while developing their marketing consulting business.

Kathy Henry's sparkling career is perhaps not likely to be duplicated by every young man or woman who graduates from Perry high school and one of our state's major universities, but the Elks would have to search hard for a better example to dangle before this year's seniors -- someone who has demonstrated the possible benefits of training and educational preparation for the years that lie just ahead. Kathy is the daughter of Irl and Hulda Henry and the sister of Perry Fire Chief David Henry. Another brother, Terry, lives in Kingwood, Texas. Incidentally, a lot of the information for this column is based on a feature story about Kathy in a recent issue of Old North, the magazine for UCO alumni and friends. The writer was another Noble county young lady, Pam McKeown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McKeown of Billings.