Esteemed Pediatrician Dr. Barbara Taylor-Cox, Class of 1977, proudly displays her plaque just before mounting it to the Dobie Hall of Honor.
Houston Rockets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas, Class of 1996, looks inside the "mystery box."
By Reesha Brown
Dobie High School’s Hall of Honor continues to grow as five distinguished alumni and faculty members’ names were added to the wall on Friday for their commitment to excellence and for bringing honor and pride to the school and community.
The annual event celebrates the achievements of Dobie graduates and faculty members who have made a significant impact in the lives of many.
Moments before the new inductees placed their plaques onto the wall, Dobie Principal Franklin Moses thanked the Class of 2017 inductees for inspiring a new generation of students to achieve success in their chosen careers.
“Thank you so much for blazing the trail after high school and making the most of what a high school education is all about,” Moses said. “There are about 3,800 students who walk these hallways every day and they are going to step into your footsteps.”
The group was the fifth to be inducted since the Dobie Hall of Honor was established in 2013. The inductees included Dr. Barbara Taylor-Cox, Class of 1977, pediatrician; Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, Class of 1995, captain of one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s commissioned vessels; Gersson Rosas, Class of 1996, Houston Rockets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations; and David Buehrer, Class of 2002, culinary curator for TEDxHouston and co-owner of various area coffee shops.
Former faculty member and tennis coach Bobby Kramer was also honored during the ceremony. Coach Kramer’s leadership produced tennis teams that dominated District 23-5A in the mid-‘80s and put Dobie on the state tennis map. Kramer’s teams earned Top 10 state rankings and district titles for the boys and girls teams.
Dr. Taylor-Cox is a longtime pediatrician, along with founder and owner of West Houston Pediatrics Associates. She has maintained ongoing relationships with children and their parents through her service as chief of pediatrics at various hospitals in the Houston area.
Cmdr. Carter is captain of one of the Coast Guard’s cutter Legare, stationed out of Portsmouth, Va. In 2008, he became the first Coast Guardsman ever appointed to the President’s Emergency Operation Center in the White House.
Rosas is the executive vice president of the Houston Rockets and handles the team’s personnel matters. At age 35, Rosas was named general manager of the Dallas Mavericks, the first Latin American GM in the history of the league. Rosas has been a key player in trade acquisition of all-star James Harden and helped recruit Dwight Howard.
Buehrer is the co-owner of Greenway Coffee Company and opened Blacksmith in the Montrose district and Morningstar in the Heights. Buehrer is also the co-founder and vice president of the OKRA Charity Bar, a downtown establishment from which all profits go to various Houston charities.
In an effort to inspire future graduates to pursue post-secondary opportunities, eleven Hall of Honor inductees joined together to start a scholarship program and donate to the cause. In just a year, the Dobie Hall of Honor raised enough funding to provide four to five students with $4,000 scholarships every year for the next 10 years.
Out of over 100 applicants, Karis Pham, Kelly Tran, Jay Do, Esther Kim and Marissa Martinez were selected for the scholarship award. The students were presented a check for $4,000 during the ceremony to fund their first semester of school each year for four years.
Moses said paying it forward is part of the family-oriented atmosphere of the Dobie community, which continues through generations of students and faculty members.
“It’s a family place for faculty, students and former students,” Moses said. “We have no doubt that there are many students who will walk these halls this year and go out into the world and do some phenomenal things just like our inductees.”
To read more about the Hall of Honor inductees, please visit the following webpage: http://pasadena.pasadenaisd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=80772&pageId=31479122.
Dobie Hall of Honor Inductees, presented by Dobie Principal Franklin Moses (far left) and Sagemont Baptist Church Assoc. Pastor Emory Gadd (far right). Pictured from left to right: Franklin Moses, Jonathan Carter, Gersson Rosas, Dr. Barbara Taylor-Cox, David Buehrer, Bobby Kramer and Emory Gadd.
Dobie Principal Franklin Moses invites inductees, including David Buehrer and Gersson Rosas to unwrap their plaques.
Inductees unwrap their plaques.
Gersson Rosas anchors his plaque to the wall.
Dobie Hall of Honor Inductee Cmdr. Jonathan Carter puts in the last screw for his plaque.
Coach Bobby Kramer joins a distinguished group of former faculty members on the wall.
Sagemont Baptist Church Assoc. Pastor Emory Gadd introduces the inductees.
School Superintendent Dr. DeeAnn Powell welcomes distinguished guests to the ceremony.
Coach Bobby Kramer, Dobie tennis coach / 1977-1995
Dr. Barbara Taylor-Cox / Class of 1977
Cmdr. Jonathan Carter / Class of 1995
Gersson Rosas / Class of 1996
David Buehrer / Class of 2002
Hall of Honor Scholarship recipients are presented a check for $4,000.