Barbara Forker B.A., 1942. Barbara Forker graduated from Michigan State Normal College in 1942. After teaching high school and elementary school physical education, she served 22 months in Europe with the American Red Cross during World War II. In 1948, Forker joined the Iowa State University faculty, where she received her M.S. degree. In 1957, she obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In 1958, Forker returned to ISU where she was appointed Head of the Women's P.E. Department. In 1974, she became Department Head for both the Men's and Women's P.E. Departments. During the 1970s, she served on the U.S. Olympic Committee and the President's Commission on Olympic Sports. Forker has received numerous awards throughout her career to honor her achievements. Most notably, in 1997, the Physical Education building at ISU was renamed in her honor.
Bert I. Greene
Bert I. Greene, B.A., 1955. Bert Greene, a long-time faculty member at EMU in Teacher Education, graduated from Michigan State Normal College in 1955. Prior to teaching at EMU, Greene taught in the Michigan public school system at both the middle and elementary school levels. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1961 and joined the EMU faculty in 1963. Greene has been instrumental in enhancing learning technologies at EMU, and was one of the first professors to integrate the use of the computer in his courses. He has initiated several courses in technology, including the first course at EMU about the Internet. Greene has also served as chair of the COE Resource Development Board and is still very involved in the University's advancement activities.
Theo Hamilton, B.A., 1955. Theo Hamilton entered Michigan State Normal College in 1941, and shortly thereafter left to serve in World War II. In 1955, Hamilton became the first African-American teacher in Michigan's Upper Peninsula . Upon becoming an assistant principal and principal with the Highland Public Schools, he became one of only a handful of African-American school administrators in Michigan . In 1967, Hamilton returned to EMU to launch a career that has made him one of the University's most respected and beloved staff members. Over the ensuing four decades, Hamilton has helped tens of thousands of students and alumni prepare for and find teaching and administrative positions. His unique combination of optimism, professionalism, and genuine concern for people has made him someone who has had a positive influence on everyone, resulting in countless awards from the University, the community, and his profession.
Nora Martin, B.A., 1963, M.A., 1965. Nora Martin received both her B.S. and M.A. degrees from EMU and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan . She spent four years teaching in the Wayne/Westland Schools, but returned to EMU in 1967 as an Assistant Professor in Special Education. Martin is a member of the EMU faculty, coordinator for the Comer Schools and Families Initiative and is in demand throughout the country as a speaker and workshop leader. She is also an education consultant for school districts in both Michigan and Ohio. Her career at EMU has earned her many honors, including the Distinguished Faculty Award, Teaching Excellence Award, and the Gold Medallion. Martin is considered a pioneer in the area of learning disabilities, and has earned tremendous respect from students, staff, and peers at both EMU and the Detroit Public Schools .
Ron Oestrike B.S., 1954. Ron Oestrike received his B.S. from Eastern Michigan University in 1954. In 23 years as EMU's head baseball coach, Oestrike turned the baseball program into one of the nation's finest. During his career, he led his teams to the 1970 NAIA national title as well as two NCAA-Division I World Series. In addition, he received numerous individual awards throughout his career, including NAIA National "Coach of the Year" in 1970, MAC "Coach of the Year" four times and Mid-East Regional "Coach of the Year" four times. Oestrike retired from his coaching duties in 1987, but stayed on as a physical education instructor at EMU until officially retiring after the 1998 fall semester. He was named to the National Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990. EMU's baseball stadium was officially named Ron Oestrike Stadium, August 26, 1987.
Lloyd Olds, B.A., 1916. Lloyd Olds graduated from Michigan State Normal School in 1916, and later earned an M.S and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan . In 1921, Olds joined the Normal School's Department of Physical Education. Coaching track and cross country teams for 25 years, he established one of the most extensive intramural programs in the Midwest . In both the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, Olds served as Assistant Track Coach for the U.S. Track & Field squads. Olds was the head of EMU's Department of Physical Education (1956-63), Chairman of the National Track and Field Association (1946-1950), and President of MAHPERD. After retirement, he was elected to the NCAA Track and Field Hall of Fame and the EMU Sports Hall of Fame. Olds is also credited with the invention of the striped referee shirt, as well as ribbon awards in intramural games.