Gatesville-raised couple complete medical school

A couple who fell in love at Gatesville High School recently earned medical degrees.

Jay B. Littlefield graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas Health School of Dentistry at Houston. He is the son of Richard and Christine Littlefield.

His wife, Megan E. (Karasek) Littlefield, graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Pharmacy College. She is the daughter of Rodney and the late Kathy Karasek.

Jay and Megan began school in Gatesville ISD in kindergarten and are both Gatesville High School honor graduates, helping each other reach their dreams of becoming doctors. The couple plans to start residencies in Houston as they continue their medical careers.

— M. Clare Haefner

Former Copperas Cove standout joins Tarleton hall of fame

A former Copperas Cove basketball standout, Eleanor Golding, was inducted into the Tarleton State University Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this month.

On June 1, the school inducted Golding along with her other teammates who took the TexAnns to the playoffs during the 1991-1992 season for NAIA Division II.

Marylouise Golding and Angela Golding-Slover attended the ceremony for their sister, who died May 24, 1995, in Erath County.

Golding graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1991, where she played for the Bulldawgs all four years. She also helped Copperas Cove reach the playoffs during her time at the high school.

— Mason W. Canales

Temple volunteer elected president of TMA Alliance

The Texas Medical Association Alliance elected Cheryl Stanley Jones, of Temple, as its 96th president. TMAA is the volunteer service organization of the Texas Medical Association, comprising physicians and physicians’ spouses. She is married to Dr. Russell Jones, a TMA member and Temple emergency physician.

“I’m pleased to be chosen to lead an organization that links the physicians of Texas with their communities,” Cheryl Jones said. “While physicians are busy caring for patients, the TMA Alliance is working to make Texas communities a healthier place to live through our volunteer efforts.”

The alliance supports TMA’s public health programs: Be Wise — Immunize, a program dedicated to improving Texas’ immunization rates, and the Hard Hats for Little Heads bicycle helmet giveaway program. TMAA also is active in grassroots advocacy, spearheading First Tuesdays at the Capitol, where physicians, medical students and TMA Alliance members meet with state legislators monthly during each legislative session to ensure laws are passed that improve Texas health care system.

Jones joined the TMA Alliance when her husband began medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She served as vice president of the TMAA councils on Community Health and Well-Being, Public Communication and Membership. She also served as TMAA parliamentarian and District 12 Director.

As president, Jones’ goal is to grow the alliance membership and its outreach and advocacy programs.

— M. Clare Haefner

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