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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Student Remembered
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-27-2006

Goodwell, Okla. - Jeramy Paul Hawthorne realized a dream when he enrolled at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Liberated by his wheelchair, he could live relatively independently, attend classes, and enjoy living away from home in the Aggie Apartment complex. Unfortunately, Jeramy’s dream drew to a close on Friday, March 24, when he passed away due to an illness.

Jeramy, a sophomore, was pursuing a Computer Information Systems degree. He enjoyed computer gaming and was a member of the OPSU’s Association of Information Technology Professionals chapter. He had plans for graduating and anticipated working in the field of information technology. Jeramy made a number of friends at OPSU, and those who knew him were inspired by his independence and enthusiasm for life.

Jeramy found a special friend and roommate at OPSU. Zach Waugh, a sophomore student from Yarbrough, eventually became Jeramy’s certified aide and assisted him with many tasks most of us take for granted. Another friend and roommate, A.J. Stroud from Stinnett, Texas also supported Jeramy.

Born in Houston on Oct. 8, 1985, Jeramy graduated from Guymon High School in 2004. Services will be held Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Church of Christ in Guymon with Jesse Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in Elmhurst Cemetery by Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Smeer Camp and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, OK, 73942.

Even though Jeramy did not reach his ultimate goal of earning a four-year degree and working as a professional, he lived as if nothing were impossible. His life encourages all of those who knew him to achieve their aspirations. Jeramy’s legacy will long be remembered on the OPSU campus.

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