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AWARDS Citizen of the Year Scott Petty S cott was named after his late uncle, First Lieutenant, Donald Scott Scott’s self-published book promoted the vision of the Stillwater Petty. In 1956, Lt. Petty died unexpectedly in a B-47 airplane crash Strong Memorial. Now that the memorial construction is complete, after being an Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College 100 percent of the book’s profi ts are being reinvested in other phil- student in the early 1950s. He was just 23 years old when he died. anthropic Stillwater endeavors. His uncle’s United States Air Force service and legacy have always Having the opportunity to work with philanthropists the majority been important to Scott and a poignant reminder that life is short. of his adult life, Petty has long been inspired by the unselfi sh acts On October 24, 2015, Stillwater citizens were reminded of life’s of others. His parents and his in-laws, D.C. and Janice Anderson of brevity and how certain circumstances are undeniably out of our Broken Arrow, have modeled the belief that helping others should control. Having grown up in the rural panhandle town of Guymon, hold great importance in our lives. Scott learned from his parents, David and Sharon Petty, that in life, opportunities to serve others will occur and how we choose to respond can make a diff erence. His leadership immediately following the 2015 OSU Homecoming Parade crash helped raise $485,000. Only six months after the crash, these funds were distributed to families of those killed and injured. Scott has served for more than 20 years on the Pistol Pete Selec- tion Committee as well as both President and Past President of the Pistol Pete Alumni group. He has also been President of the Still- Advocacy, and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Leadership Stillwater Class XII and is a member of the Frontier Scott has called Stillwater home for 25 years. He graduated from Rotary Club, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Board of Direc- Oklahoma State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in tors, and the First United Methodist Church, where he has served Journalism/Public Relations, and during college, he served as OSU’s on various committees since 1995. mascot, Pistol Pete, from 1985-1987. His combined 15-year career He and his wife, Gerri, a math instructor at OSU, have been mar- inspired him before joining a startup dental management com- pany in 2005, which operated 35 practices in eight states. He is a co-owner of Orange State Properties and LISCO, both property and land management companies owned by him and his two sisters, Liz Lee of Guymon and Crystal Byers of Houston. He is also currently the Executive Director of the Stillwater Medical Foundation and has been with Stillwater Medical for six years. ried 29 years and have two adult children. Their daughter, Catherine, graduated with honors in biological sciences from Clemson Univer- sity. She is now a dental student at the University of Colorado. Their son, Will, is a junior majoring in Finance at OSU and is co-founder of Hunting Bowser, which manufactures the award-winning Bubble Calm concept. Bubble Calm is an all-natural, anti-anxiety chewing gum co-developed in the Food and Agricultural Product Center at OSU. In 1993 while the Associate Executive Director of the Texas Osteo- pathic Medical Association, Scott had a life-changing conversation with Rosa Parks. He describes that meeting and the Stillwater com- munity’s commitment to give back in the book he wrote titled, “Still- water Strong, Loyal and True.” The book notes several intertwining stories of students, fi rst responders, survivors and philanthropic endeavors following that life-altering event our city endured when a speeding car crashed into OSU Homecoming Parade spectators. *Scott and those families remembered through the Stillwater Strong Memorial wish to express their deepest gratitude to the groups and individuals who made the Stillwater Strong Memorial a reality. Those include the City of Stillwater, Stillwater Community Foundation, Lead- ership Stillwater Class XXVI, Stillwater Strong Memorial Committ ee, architect Gary Sparks, Lambert Construction, Gose & Associates and the countless citizens and OSU alumni who generously supported this eff ort both personally and fi nancially. Thank you for making Stillwater one of America’s fi nest places to live and do business with his alma mater in both student recruitment and philanthropy 49 water Public Education Foundation, the Saville Center for Child