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Cole recognized during high school alumni awards ceremony

Dr. James Cole
Dr. James S. Cole

When Dr. James S. Cole, dean, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High in North Dallas, he still had a long road ahead, education wise. Getting his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1967 and dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1975 marked the beginning of a long and industrious career.

The Thomas Jefferson High School Alumni Association commemorated his achievements during a May 13 ceremony, at which association members presented Cole with one of its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The recognition comes at a pivotal point in Cole’s career, as he will officially step down from his decade-long role as dean of Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry later this summer.

During the ceremony in the school’s auditorium, Cole and two other alumni were recognized, including Jan Edgar Langbein, executive director of Genesis Women’s Shelter, and Pam Woods Meyercord, a community volunteer.

Cole’s former high school maintains an active alumni association, which organizes multiple events each year and raises funds for college scholarships, student activities and educational development.