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Opinion

September 26, 2013

Veteran is now professor emeritus

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NORMAN —

Goins served in Korea for four or five months after the truce was signed. He remembers a M.A.S.H. unit nearby that hosted dances on Saturday nights; they had nurses.

Bob sent most of his money home so that, when he returned, he was able to buy his first car: a two-tone 1954 Oldsmobile, hard-top convertible. He was very proud of that car.

Bob arranged to get home from Korea in time to enroll in the second semester at OU; he eventually got his master’s in regional and city planning. He worked for a year for an architectural firm in Wichita, Kan.

When OU offered him a job at the Institute of Community Development, which was part of the Department of Regional and City Planning, he came home. He is now a professor emeritus of the College of Architecture and serves as senior fellow with the Institute of Quality Communities in that college.

This year, the Norman Veterans Committee is sponsoring the Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The parade will proceed down Jenkins Street to the Cleveland County Veterans Memorial at Reaves Park, where a ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Ret. Lt. Gen. Harry M. “Bud” Wyatt, a former adjutant general for Oklahoma and director of the Air National Guard in the Pentagon, will be the keynote speaker.

The theme for the parade this year is “Red, White and Blue — Veterans on the March.” Organizers would like to see honor guards, marching bands, floats, motorcycle groups and car clubs all with the same underlying desire: to honor our veterans.

Groups or organizations wishing to participate in the parade may download an application from normanfun.com. The deadline for entries is Oct. 31. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 366-5472.

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