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Ceremony to honor accomplishments of state inductees

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The five women to be inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame are, from left, Esther Houser, Oklahoma City; Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Oklahoma City; Judge Linda Morrissey, Tulsa; Lynn Schusterman, Tulsa; and Donna L. Shirley, Norman.

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Five people will be inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony Thursday at the state Capitol.

The selectees are Esther Houser, Oklahoma City; Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Oklahoma City; Judge Linda Morrissey, Tulsa; Lynn Schusterman, Tulsa; and Donna L. Shirley, Norman.

The program will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday in the chamber of the House of Representatives, with a reception following.

The public is invited to attend. Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin will be the host.

The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame was created in 1982 by then-Gov. George Nigh through the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

The hall of fame induction celebration is the highlight of the commission’s year, emphasizing the accomplishments and contributions of some of the state’s outstanding women.

This year’s five inductees join 76 members of the Women’s Hall of Fame.

Houser created in 1979 the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which provides advocacy services for institutionalized people older than 60. Today, she leads the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the Division of Aging Services in the Department of Human Services.

Miles-LaGrange has been a district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma since 1994. She was the first black federal judge in Oklahoma and in the six states that comprise the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Morrissey is a state district judge for the 14 th judicial district in Tulsa County. Before becoming a district judge in 1999, she had served a special judge in Tulsa County since 1995. She has been a pioneer in familydomestic law, initiating and implementing ground-breaking programs that have positively affected thousands of children, women and families.

Schusterman is president of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, which annually approves and oversees the distribution of more than $10 million in grants that support Jewish life in Oklahoma, the United States, Israel and the former Soviet Union. It also supports Oklahoma-based nonsectarian charitable groups that focus on education, children and community service.

A well-known educator, speaker, consultant and trainer, Shirley holds degrees in journalism and aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She rose to one of the highest positions in the aerospace field when she retired as manager of the Mars Exploration Program for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame was created in 1982 by then-Gov. George Nigh through the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.