I entered Oxford Orphanage (now the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford) in 1960 at the age of 12 along with my three younger brothers. It was not easy living with more than three hundred other children. However, school on the campus and caring house parents opened my eyes to opportunity. I worked hard for six years as a 'bakery boy' and worked hard enough in school to graduate as the Class President and Valedictorian in 1967. Thank you to all Masons and MHCO for giving me a wonderful life. The discipline I learned during my tenure at our home continues to guide my life today. I earned two college degrees, served in the military as a paratrooper and military police officer, had careers as a firefighter and police officer, and gave back by working in a children's home and helping several children through the years. I married a beautiful woman who also knows how important the Home has been to my life. She serves with me on the OO/MHCO Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Jeff (Class of 1967)