January 28, 2000
David Crockett Matthews. Not born here, but certainly a winner in many ways. Dave arrived in Perry shortly after World War II and began a successful law practice, partly interrupted after he joined the local National Guard unit. He had been a combat Navy officer in the war but chose to switch to the Army Infantry as commander of Perry's Company I, 179 Infantry. He took the unit to Korea and eventually became a major general as commander of the Oklahoma Guard. His organizational skills were well suited to the military. In his civilian capacity as a Perry attorney and private citizen, he also had a distinguished record. Dave was an outstanding varsity wrestler prior to WWII at the University of Oklahoma. He died a few years ago in Edmond.
Lavern Weber. He was another of our "adopted" sons and this community shared in the family's grief at his death last month. We are proud to claim him. He was prominently identified with the Oklahoma and U.S. military. After serving with distinction in various capacities he advanced to a superior position as chief of the U.S. National Guard bureau until retiring there a few years ago with the high rank of lieutenant general. Later he continued serving this country in very responsible roles. His military career spanned more than 42 years, starting as a Marine Corps officer candidate and culminating in three-star Army rank. He was much admired by his peers and those who served under him. Gen. Webber and his wife, Marlene, made their home on a working ranch west of Perry and in Alexandria, Virginia.
Edwin G. and E.L. (Bert) Corr Jr. They are the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. (Bert) Corr, former Perry residents, who moved to Bartlesville. Their mother was a well liked teacher at Perry high school and their father was the Borden Dairy Co. representative while the family lived here. Edwin, or Ed, entered the U.S. Diplomatic Service after graduating from the University of Oklahoma and in due time was advanced to the rank of ambassador. He served in that capacity in some sensitive spots, including Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Thailand, Salvador and Peru. In the 1989-90 academic year he occupied the Henry Bellmon chair in international politics at OU. He is frequently a speaker on Latin America affairs. E.L. (Bert) Corr Jr., also is having a successful career. He had a lengthy tenure as superintendent of schools at Poteau. Both were outstanding wrestlers at PHS and later at OU.
Sharron Miller. She has earned considerable recognition as director of several major network TV productions. Sharron is the daughter of Emaline Miller, who could qualify for a "Top Ten" list herself. Mrs. Miller raised a sizeable family as a single parent, working at secretarial jobs in Perry, then enrolled at Oklahoma State University to prepare for law school. After being admitted to the bar she became as assistant district attorney in Oklahoma county. Sharon graduated from PHS and migrated to the West Coast, where most television shows originate. She directed several dramatic shows, including an episode of the CBS police show, "Cagney and Lacey," for which she received an Emmy nomination.
Are you impressed with this list yet? Hang on. There are more to come.