Duke University Honors OKC Couple

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A tower that is part of the "signature element" of Duke University's new 350-bed student residence hall complex will be named for alumni Kathleen Byrns McClendon and Aubrey K. McClendon, Duke President Nannerl O. Keohane announced Wednesday.

Duke's Board of Trustees voted to name the McClendon Tower for the couple in recognition of the McClendons' dedication to the "enhancement of student life at Duke" and their staunch support of a "unified West Campus facility." The new residence complex, the West-Edens Link, is under construction on Duke's West Campus in Durham, N.C., and is scheduled to open in the fall.

Kathleen "Katie" Byrns McClendon is a 1980 Duke graduate and a member of the Board of Visitors of Trinity College, in which about 85 percent of Duke undergraduates are enrolled. Aubrey McClendon, a member of the Campaign for Duke Steering Committee and the Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors, graduated from Trinity College in 1981. The McClendons live in Oklahoma City, where Aubrey McClendon is chairman and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Energy.

The McClendons met in 1978 as undergraduates at Duke, where Katie was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Aubrey was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. …