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**For Immediate Release**
Ceremony Planned to Dedicate the Jack V. Begley Memorial Highway
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 01-13-2006

Goodwell - Oklahoma Panhandle State University will host a ceremony and reception to dedicate the Jack V. Begley Memorial Highway on Monday, January 23, 2006 in the Noble Activity and Cultural Center at 3:00 p.m. Oklahoma lawmakers recently passed legislation for the memorial. Begley served in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives for District 61 for 14 years and was instrumental in procuring the funds to expand the portion of Highway 54 that spans the Oklahoma Panhandle from the Texas state line through Optima, OK. He passed away in April of 2004, but he will always be remembered as a friend to citizens of the Panhandle.

Begley, a native Oklahoman from Kellyville, has a long history of service in the Oklahoma Panhandle area. After a stint in the United States Army, he graduated from Panhandle A&M College where he earned All-Conference honors in the men’s basketball program. Following graduation, he coached girls and boys basketball as well as baseball in nearby Texhoma, where he met and married Christene Jones. Son Rafe was born in 1961.

The Begley family moved to Clinton where Jack continued his coaching career and finished his master’s degree at Oklahoma State University. During his tenure in Clinton, his basketball teams won two state titles plus a state runner-up title, and he was honored as the Tulsa Daily World’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Son Eric was born while they resided in Clinton.

Jack accepted a coaching position at Caprock High School in Amarillo, and then returned to his alma mater. He served in a number of capacities at OPSU over the next 20 years including coach, athletic director, registrar and director of admissions. When he was elected to the House of Representatives, he remained devoted to OPSU and helped secure state funds to finish the Noble Cultural and Activity Center on campus. He served as chairman of the appropriations committee for education. Following his retirement, he continued to serve Oklahoma when Governor Brad Henry appointed him as Commissioner of the Transportation Department.

OPSU is proud to host the dedication ceremony and invites everyone to honor Jack Begley’s memory by attending the short dedication and the reception with refreshments following.

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