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Gwen Cox, right, and her granddaughter Allee Passmore share a smile as they walk down the hallway of Lawton High School.

Change, adjustment hallmarks of Cox's career as educator

Education was important in the Braddy household and Gwen Cox said she always knew  without it ever being articulated  that she and her brother would go to college.

What she didn't know was just how closely her career would parallel that of her younger brother, A.W. "Bud" Braddy, a life that took the siblings from sitting in student desks in Lawton classrooms to being the administrators who guided Lawton Public Schools. Cox, a gregarious contrast to her quieter brother, said many people didn't realize the two were related, even when both had been promoted to the upper echelon of administration, making them, as far as Cox knows, the only siblings in the district to achieve the distinction.

For Gwen Braddy Cox, the decision to be a teacher was bound up in her father's determination that his children would attend college. Cox said while her father, who built a trucking business that delivered all the produce Lawtonians of that era consumed, had only an eighth-grade education, there was never any doubt his children would graduate from high school. Cox said it also was understood they would go to college, even though she doesn't remember ever having that conversation with her father.

"If you were a teacher, you were 'up there,'" Cox said of the importance her father placed on the profession.

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