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Class of 1951


Jerry Gilbert

International Trade Attorney

Rear Admiral U. S. Navy Reserve

Senior Officer of Naval Reserve JAG

Inducted into Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame 2014

Jerry Gilbert quarterbacked the football team and played basketball at Royal Oak High School before graduating in 1951. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Denison University and has received their distinguished alumni award. He also holds a graduate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the Virgina State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Jerry Gilbert’s early career included service as the Assistant U. S. Attorny in Washington D. C. and General Counsel for the Department of Commerce.

Gerald Gilbert was on active duty with the United States Navy from 1956 to 1959 and then for more than 30 years he served his country in the Naval Reserve. In 1992 Jerry retired as a two star admiral—the top ranking senior officer—of the the Naval Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his service with JAG, Rear Admiral Gilbert received numerous awards and accomodations. In addition to receiving awards, Jerry has one named for him. Today the US Navy Reserve gives an annual award to those who do the most outstanding job of providing them with legal support. The name of that award is the Rear Admiral Gerald E. Gilbert Cup.

Gerald Gilbert’s business and legal expertise includes international trade, national trade associations and the sale of consumer health care products. He has provided counsel to several national and international organizations including the Tropical Forest Foundation which he founded. He is an independent director of the Mannatech Corporation where he helped restructure its compliance department. In 1992 The Direct Selling Association put Jerry Gilbert into its Hall of Fame. Jerry has been a strong supporter of the legal profession and has served as president of both the Federal Bar Association and the Judge Advocates Association.

Mr. Gilbert served over thirty years with the international law firm of Hogan and Hartson and was the founder of their international trade practice group. His service included several terms on their executive committee and ten years as the managing partner of their northern Virginia office. Under his leadership the office qudrupled in size to nearly 60 lawyers and established itself as a premier law firm known for its quality and diversity of practice.

Class of 1951


Professor Hans H. Kuehl

Professor and Chairman, Engineering-Electrophysics Department, University of Southern California

USC Associates Award for Teaching Excellence, 1964

Developed the basic theory governing antennas in electronic plasmas

Inducted into Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 2006

Hans Kuehl graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1951. He was elected Treasurer of his class. After high school Hans attended Princeton and earned a degree in electrical engineering in 1955. He then attended the California Institute of Technology to earn his Ph. D. in 1959.

Dr. Hans Kuehl began his 45 year career as a professor in 1959. For eleven of those years he served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering-Electrophysis Department at the University of Southern California. The university recognized his work by selecting him in 1964 to receive the USC Associates Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is USC's highest award for exceptional teaching of both undergraduate and graduate courses. He was instrumental in the design of the electrical engineering curriculum at USC and was recognized as an "Innovator of the 21st Century" by the American Society of Engineering Educators.

Dr. Kuehl was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1980 for his theory of antennas in electronic plasmas which was useful in missile defense. He also predicted the behavior of communication antennas on space vehicles during reentry. Professor Kuehl's research also includes discoveries that have had an important impact on the technology associated with fiber optic communications and broadband information transmissions.

Dr. Hans Kuehl was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 2006.

Class of 1951


Lanny L. Johnson, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Teacher, Writer, Inventor

Awarded forty U.S. Patents

Inductee, Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 1997

Lanny L. Johnson graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1951. He excelled in journalism in high school and was a member of the National Honor Society. He participated on the swimming teams and golf teams and achieved honors at the state level in both sports.

Dr. Johnson was an honors student at Michigan state University where he lettered in golf and swimming. He received his medical degree at Wayne State College of Medicine and served in the United States Air Force.

Lanny L. Johnson M. D., was one of the pioneers in arthroscopic surgery. He has published extensively on the topic and has registered forty patents with the U. S. Office of Patents. Many of the early patents were for surgical instrument and methods relating to bone surgery. He was an owner of a small surgical instrument company for over 20 years prior to selling the business to an international corporation.

Dr. Johnson served as a clinical professor at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University where he has earned international recognition in orthopedic surgery. He has recently developed procedures that will help those with knee arthritis.

While he is well known as a surgeon, writer, teacher and inventor, Lanny Johnson has also quietly and privately aided many people financially and with his gifted services. Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 1997.

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