Dr. Bob Brown
Teacher, coach, mentor, friend - Those are the words that best summarize the life of Bob Brown.
Bob was born on April 15, 1930, in the small southwestern Oklahoma town of Hollis, but his family moved to Wapanucka when Bob was three years old.
Bob graduated from high school at Sulphur, making a name for himself as an all-around athlete, earning places on all-star teams in football, baseball, and basketball. He was named all-state in football.
His athletic prowess earned him a scholarship to East Central State University, but he was forced to drop sports after injuring a knee. Bob took a full-time job for Oklahoma Gas and Electric as chief clerk of the firm’s Arbuckle Generating Station, while going to school part time. In 1960, Bob graduated from East Central and went on to teach and coach in public schools.
Five years later, Bob joined the State Department of Vo-Tech Education and moved his family, which consisted of his wife, Jerry, and two sons, Don and Joe, to Stillwater. At the Department, Bob worked as assistant state supervisor of vocational business and office education and state advisor of the Future Business Leaders of America.
In 1967, Bob accepted a position as the assistant director of the Guthrie Job Corps Center. Two years later, he re-joined the state department, this time as director of the Area Manpower Institute for Development of Staff.
In 1973, Bob completed his doctorate at the University of Oklahoma and joined the staff at Central State University where he served as an instructor for business and office education and adult education until his retirement in 1989.
Dr. Brown was inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 1997.