OCTOBER 19, 2005

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Gift presented in memory of Goltry woman to help build nursing skills lab in Enid

A significant gift in the memory of Emma Lee Tucker Ketterman of Goltry will be used to construct a nursing skills lab bearing her name at Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid.

The gift was made by her husband, Paul Ketterman, and will be used to help equip the high-tech lab. Construction on the lab is expected to begin this fall.

“I have always been interested in something like this,” Ketterman said. “I think this will be a good memorial for my wife.”

When operational, the lab will provide simulation training to nursing students from NWOSU and Northern Oklahoma College, as well as continuing professional education opportunities for professionals in the regional health care industry. Equipment in the lab will be able to simulate a variety of clinical conditions that nurses must react to on a daily basis.

“Mr. Ketterman’s generous gift will certainly enhance the training available in our nursing program, but also will have an impact on the quality of health care for northwest Oklahomans,” said Dr. Paul Beran, university president. “This lab will be a wonderful tribute to the memory of Mrs. Ketterman.”

Emma Ketterman was born in 1943 and raised in Duncan. She received a master’s degree in music from Oberlin (Ohio) University and later attended the Julliard School of Music. She taught music and orchestra in New York City for five years and also performed as a concert pianist.

She went on to attend the University of Oklahoma where she earned graduate degrees in library science and foreign language. She taught in schools at Barnsdall, Washington, Waurika and Mexico City before embarking on a 25-year teaching career in Pawhuska. She married Paul Ketterman in Ardmore in 1972. The couple moved to Goltry in 1999.