Home Central Reunion 2016 Prior Reunions Alumni Recognition Memories Music Lost Classmates Our Deceased TomTom
Last updated 01/06/16            Hit Counter

Awards Books and Writing Avocational Businesses Athletics Military Family


Awards & Achievement

Our classmates have been recognized by many people and groups
in a  wide range of endeavors. Here we will present them
if we can get their cooperation. 
But if we can't, we will find a way to acquire the information.

Ed Wheeler
For those who do not know it, Ed was extremely near death about 3 years ago due to
a big mistake made by a hospital. It is only due to the wonderful care given to him by Saint Susan, his wife that he is even with us today. Anybody who knows the story in depth will know why she richly deserves that accolade.

When Ed is not teaching college courses he is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. So true to his form, Ed was just awarded Reserve Deputy of the Year for 2010.

The man pictured with him is the Sheriff who presented him with the plaque.







Portrait of James W. Pielsticker

James W. Pielsticker

year honored:

His family and his community lost James William Pielsticker in a plane crash in Canada in 2001.  Jim grew up in Tulsa, graduated from Notre Dame and the OU Law School, served as an Army officer in Germany, and practiced law in Tulsa before acquiring the small Arrow Trucking Company in 1968.  Arrow grew to 1400 trucks and 3000 trailers serving the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Jim and his wife Carol met on a blind date at OU.  They had two children, and Jim’s devotion to his family was absolute.  His family, friends and employees knew him as a man of love, kindness, and modesty.

He was an avid naturalist and hunter.  He supported the Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, and the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center; developed a duck marsh in Oklahoma’s Deep Fork Bottoms; and chaired the Tulsa Zoo’s campaign for its $2,500,000 Discovery and Education Center.

He gave back to his community, whether that community was as small as his neighborhood or as large as his nation.  He led the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, the River Parks Authority, Hillcrest Medical Center, the Tulsa Area United Way, the Tulsa Utility Board, and Southern Hills Country Club and the Tulsa Tennis Club.

 Jim Pielsticker enjoyed his family, led a successful business, gave back to his community, and always spread kindness in the world he traveled.

See: http://www.tulsahistory.org/hall-of-fame/james-w-pielsticker/

Richard Minshall’s grandfather came to Tulsa in 1901 from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania for an oil company. As a third generation Tulsan, Minshall says it has been his good fortune to grow up, marry and raise a family here in Tulsa.

Minshall graduated from Central High School, from the University of Oklahoma and received an LLB from the University of Virginia Law School in 1964.

His earliest career was as a stock broker and branch manager. In 1972, he joined the Fourth National Bank of Tulsa Trust Department as vice president and investment officer and became the top performing equity manager in the United States in 1976.

In 1978, he founded Capital Advisors, Inc. a registered investment advisory firm. Capital Advisors currently has $900 million under management with offices in Tulsa Dallas and Houston. In addition to portfolio management, the firm provided financing for three leveraged buyouts and arranged reverse mergers to take each company public. In 2000 the firm launched a no-load open end mutual fund, the Capital Advisors Growth Fund trading under the symbol CIAOX.

Minshall’s previous board positions include the following; Monte Cassino School, Holland Hall School, Mary Baldwin College, Phibrook Museum of Art, Natureworks, the Salvation Army, Financial News Composite Fund, Inc., the Tulsa Historical Society, AAON, Inc., Westwood Corp. and the Tulsa Club.

His current board positions include: Capital Advisors, Inc., First National Bank of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Community Foundation, American Gilsonite Company and Catholic Charities of Tulsa.

Minshall is also a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and he and wife are members of Southern Hills Country Club.

Sally Howard Minshall is a native Tulsan, a graduate of Central High School and the University of Oklahoma where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi in 1958 and 1959.

Minshall has served as the president of Junior League, president of the Tulsa Philharmonic Society and chair of the Tulsa International Mayfest and board of directors. She has also served on the boards of the Philbrook Museum of Art and The Arts and Humanities Council.

She has chaired the Cinderella Ball for the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Fall Gala for the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Pink Ribbon Benefit for Tulsa Project Woman

The Minshalls have enjoyed collaborating together on many community activities. Together they created the Masters Society at the Philbrook Museum of Art and the William Booth Society for the Salvation Army. The Masters Society and the William Booth Society continue to be important annual fundraisers for each charity. They also co-chaired the Tulsa benefit for the National Jewish Hospital.

As a team, the Minshalls sponsored a Vietnamese refugee for resettlement in Tulsa, They also co-chaired the Catholic Charities Campaign, “Mission of Hope-Changing Lives with Love,” raising $19,000,000 for construction of a new campus facility at Apache and North Harvard.

The Minshalls married in 1960 and have two daughters, Bonnie and Melissa. The family divides its time between, Tulsa, Crested Butte, and their farm in Missouri, “Wild Acres.”