Lieutenant Colonel United States Air
Force GREGORY JOHNSON, Class of 1981
Gregg Johnson is a professional aviator whose distinguished
career has included military service, commercial flight, and community public
After studying at Daniel Webster College where he was a
awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship, he started his Air Force career. Gregg
was Mission Director of a 35-person RC-135 crew on worldwide reconnaissance
missions following his Navigator and Electronic Warfare Officer training. He
was selected for USAF pilot training, and was hired by the USAF Reserves as a
military heavy airlift pilot. Gregg flew missions in support of the President,
relief operations for hurricanes, and special operations missions. He
participated in operations in Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, and
flew the first C-5 into Baghdad during wartime. He has been Chief of Plans,
Chief of Training, a C-5 Instructor, and C-17 Pilot. Gregg finished his
26-year military career as a Planning Officer working with Joint Military
Operations for exercises and real world operations in the Pacific region. At
the time of his retirement Gregg was a commissioned Lieutenant Colonel in the
United States Air Force.
In his current civilian flying career, Gregg flies for Delta
Airlines and has accumulated over 11,000 hours of flight time as a 717, 737,
and DC-9 Captain, and a DC-9 First Officer.
Here in Oxford, Gregg is the Board President for American
Legion Post 376. He has been honored as the guest speaker for Memorial Day
ceremonies, and also participates in military burial services for local
veterans. He is also a Director of the American Bass Anglers Division 4. Gregg
exemplifies the highest qualities of a distinguished graduate of Oxford Academy, and it is a privilege to recognize him in the Hall of
Class of 1986
Crandall is a kinesiologist and exercise physiologist, owner of the PhysioCare
Center in Los Angeles, and creator and developer of the VOILA Method, a
structural assessment and treatment tool.
He graduated from SUNY Cortland where he was also a running back and kicker for their collegiate football program. He also earned certification from the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in California. Joel went on to teach physical education at the California Academy of Math and Science. Later he supported Cirque Du Soleil as strength and conditioning coach for the “Iris” show based in Los Angeles and its 72 performers, which included Olympic athletes.
has spent 27 years fine tuning and mastering innovation and advancement in
kinesiology, exercise science, biomechanics, and structural joint balancing. He
travels the world teaching the VOILA Method he developed, and empowering new
VOILA Method practitioners. His work helps clients live healthier and pain-free
commitment to wellness, continued innovation in his field, and sharing
knowledge earn Joel a place in the current class of Oxford Academy Hall of
JENNIFER O’REILLY ANDERSON, MD,
Class of 1998
Dr. Jennifer O’Reilly Anderson is a practicing Primary Care/Family Medicine Physician for the Bassett Clinic in Norwich, as well as the Medical Director for four clinic sites across the region. She also serves as Assistant Regional Medical Director for Bassett Healthcare, Medical Director for three local school districts including Oxford Academy, Attending Physician for in-person pediatrics and newborns at Fox Hospital, member of numerous medical boards for Bassett Hospital, and contributor to health and wellness initiatives in Chenango County.
Dr. O’Reilly is also a featured panelist in the full-length documentary “Smacked,” an award-winning documentary about opioid abuse. She has received award recognition for her work surrounding the opioid crisis, and provides leadership to the Bassett Opioid Addiction Control committee.
Dr. O’Reilly holds memberships in an array of honor and professional societies, and is the recipient of notable honors, including the Shannon Jenkins Teaching Award 2010, the SUNY Upstate Medical University Department of Family Medicine Paul Palmer/Ernest Carhart MD Award for Exemplifying the Ideals of Family Medicine. Many know her visible, loyal commitment to giving back to the Oxford community.
As Oxford Academy’s Valedictorian of 1998, Dr. O’Reilly started with athletic and academic achievement, then pursued her studies at Elmira College and SUNY Upstate Medical University, as well as the University of Massachusetts/Worcester Family Medicine program. Her first stop after completion of her residency was Chenango County. Although she could have placed her medical practice anywhere, she chose to work and serve here at home. It is an honor to award Dr. O’Reilly a well-deserved
seat in the Hall of Distinction for Oxford Academy.
RICHARD O’CONNOR, Class of 1926
Richard James O’Connor was one of seven children of John O’Connor and Elizabeth Cooke and graduated from Oxford Academy and Central School in 1926. Subsequently, Richard received his BS and MS from St Bonaventure College and entered the Franciscan Order in 1929, making his temporal vows in 1930, his solemn vows in 1933 and was ordained a priest in 1934. In addition, he studied philosophy and German at the Universities of Bonn and Munich, until the Second World War required him to return to the states.
Upon returning to the United States, Richard became a professor of philosophy at Siena College in Loudonville (1939 - 1943.) In 1943, he entered the US Army and became a Military Chaplain for General George Patton’s 11th Armored Division of the Third Army and would later
serve as the Military Chaplain for the 1st Infantry. After the war
Richard, along with Lutheran Minister Henry Gerecke, was assigned to the
pastoral care of the prisoners of the famous Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. This
appointment occurred due to the fact that Richard spoke fluent German and had
studied in Germany previous to the war. In 1946 his duty entailed providing
spiritual aid to 10 war criminals who were executed as a result of the
Father O’Connor returned to America after the war trials and taught philosophy and German for 3 years at St Bonaventure and then taught one year at St. Stephens Seminary in Croghan, New York. In 1953 he became a professor at Siena College. While at Siena his duties included being the chairman of the Philosophy Department and performing as the Vice President of Siena from 1956 to 1964. Richard passed away in 1983 and had lived a life worthy of his induction into the Oxford Academy’s Hall of Distinction.
LUKAS KORVER, Class of 1999
the hallways of Oxford High School to all parts of the world, Lukas Korver has
evolved into one of the foremost cinematographer in the United States. Lukas
has worked on documentaries, commercial projects, and television ventures as a
cinematographer, producer, editor and director. Graduating from Oxford in 1999,
Lukas was a standout soccer and basketball player and a member of the Honor
Society. Following graduation Korver studied film and TV production at Syracuse
University and is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Communication.
Lukas began his commercial career as a camera operator and director producer working with such company as Under Armour, Ford, Lincoln, Duracell, Vans, Nike and Omega watches. Lukas is an Emmy Award winning director of the memorable Sports Illustrated piece, “A Boy Helps a Town Heal.” The film won in the category of Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming. He has also directed, edited and produced a lengthy documentary the “Medicine Game”. This PBS special traced the lives of two young lacrosse stars. Korver spent four months living on the reservation documenting their senior year of high school. Lukas, who works closely with Eliot Rausch, has continued to work on various projects covering various humanitarian causes all over the world.
Lukas has worked on “Unfiltered” which features Olympian Michael Phelps and Eliot Rausch’s “Last Minutes with Oden,” which won Vimeo’s “Best Film” and “Best Documentary” awards for 2010. Lukas has recently directed a short film chronicling artist Brandon Stanton’s famous photoblog “Humans of New York.” This film illustrated the high impact that could be obtained by using a social media. It is a must see! Additionally, Lukas has been able to captured the beautiful images of a story and maintained the real-life values and the different life lessons taught through a life experience. The Hall of Distinction Committee takes great pleasure inducting Lukas in the 2019 class of the Oxford Hall of Distinction.