Dr. Virginia Peters honored as Champion of Character for "Endurance."

Dr. Virginia Peters believes, "Living a successful and fulfilling life requires a person to have the character trait of endurance." She says, "..endurance can be and is developed through a succession of events and experiences that teach us to keep forging ahead and to keep trying even when faced with problems and/or failure."

Rev. Ray Ackerman nominated Peters for endurance after she served as chairperson of the committee that planned the celebration of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church's 125th Anniversary, which was held in June. The committee worked over the past year to put together the parish picnic, a special Mass, dinner and produced a historical video. Ackerman says that Peters showed "tremendous inward strength, withstood much stress, and yet has had great commitment to excel in leading this group."

Peters credits her dad for modeling endurance in her early years. "I saw him get up and go to work day after day and come home worn out but never complaining - just doing his job and taking care of his family." The endurance she saw in her dad's example helped her while she was a student and athlete at Central State University (now UCO).  She spent
twenty-five years obtaining her Masters and PhD. Peters' says, "I have often referred to obtaining a doctorate as an endurance contest."

Since her retirement from UCO in 1992, Peters continues to be active. She serves the community, which she has been a part of for 61 years, by conducting in-service programs for the Edmond Public Schools, teaching classes for the Edmond Medical Center and speaking for community organizations. She remains physically active and has a regular exercise program, which includes strength training two times a week.

On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Dr.Virginia Peters was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of "endurance" (The inward strength to withstand stress and do our best).


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