**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
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
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.