The historic Newcomen Society in Oklahoma will have a dinner
Wednesday night recognizing the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Chartered in Oklahoma in 1944, the group is affiliated with the
Newcomen Society of the United States, an organization which
recognizes free enterprise.
If memory serves, the organization is named for an English or Scot
who developed the steam engine and who was a forerunner in free
Guest of honor and speaker at the dinner in the Grand Ballroom of
the Skirvin Plaza Hotel will be William G. Thurmon, M.D., president
of the OMRF. He will be introduced by Edward L.Gaylord, publisher
and president of the Oklahoma Publishing Company and a member of the
Oklahoma Committee in the Newcomen Society. Gaylord also is
president of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Medical Research
A reception honoring Dr. Thurmon, Newcomen members and their
guests will be held at 6:30 p.m., prior to the dinner and hosted by
Liberty National Bank and Trust Company. J. W. McLean, chairman of
Liberty and Banks of Mid-America, is a former chairman of the
Oklahoma Newcomen Society. Serving as honorary treasurer for the
state group this year is Paul E. Scott, senior vice president of
Presiding at the black-tie dinner will be Dr. Eugene Swearingen,
professor of free enterprise, school of business, Oral Roberts
University. In accordance with Newcomen custom, Grace will be said
by the Right Rev. Chilton Powell, retired Bishop, Episcopal Diocese
of Oklahoma and a member of Oklahoma Newcomen.
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, conceived in 1944 and
chartered in 1946, is a facility for conducting medical research and
fostering education in the health sciences, inspiring interest and
financial support from the people of Oklahoma and across the nation.
- All fans of the Wizard of Oz book and movie will be interested
in a new project at the Crystal Bride and Myriad Gardens on Oct. 29.
A Scarecrow Sculpture Competition is being sponsored there from 6
p.m. until 9 p.m. by the Myriad Gardens Task Group.
The Halloween Party at the Myriad Gardens will also feature music
by the Moonlight Serenade, a 17-piece orchestra; dancing, food,
drinks and fun, promises Bob Worthing, party coordinator.
Admission to the grounds and the party is free but snacks will be
Prizes will be awarded for the best scarecrow sculptures. A
scarecrow scupture may be entered in the competition by civic groups,
clubs, businesses, neighborhood associations, schools and
individuals. Each scarecrow must be mounted on a 2x4 board eight
feet long which can be sunk 18 inches into the ground in holes
prepared by the Myriad Gardens people. …