Each year, the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Alumni
Association presents awards recognizing Oklahomans who have provided
outstanding medical and community service. The black-tie event -
Evening of Excellence - benefits the Association's Research Fund.
This year's dinner, 23rd in a series, is scheduled at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Honorees
will be David W. Parke II and University of Oklahoma President David
Boren and his wife, Molly Boren.
Reservations are $200 per person.
In the previous 22 years, the dinner has provided almost $1
million, which is presented in grants to physicians and researchers
at the Oklahoma Health Center. The Evening of Excellence is a joint
venture of the Health Center and the Alumni Association and
recognizes outstanding leaders from the business and medical
Parke is chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and holds the
Edward L. Gaylord Endowed Chair at the center. He also is president
and CEO of the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, one of the nation's
largest facilities devoted solely to research, clinical care and
education in ophthalmology and vision science.
A graduate of Stanford University and Baylor College of Medicine,
Parke completed residency training at Baylor College of Medicine,
serving as chief resident.
Parke is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and
received its Honor Award in 1989 and its Senior Achievement Award in
His wife, Julie T. Parke, is interim chair of the Department of
Neurology and holder of the Chair in Child Neurology at the Oklahoma
Health Center. They have three children - Will, a fourth-year
medical student at Baylor College of Medicine; Laura, an analyst for
Corporate Executive Board; and Lindsey, a junior at Wake Forest
David Boren became OU's 13th president in 1994. Since then, the
College of Medicine campus alone has added four major new buildings,
research funding has soared, scholarship endowments reached $10
million and the number of endowed faculty positions climbed to
Before becoming OU president, Boren was a state legislator,
governor of Oklahoma and three-term U.S. senator.
Boren graduated from Yale University in 1963 and was selected as
a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a master's degree from Oxford University
in 1965. He received a law degree from the OU College of Law in
He and Molly Shi Boren, a teacher, lawyer and judge, were married
in 1978. She received her master's degree in English in 1971 and her
law degree in 1974 from OU. The next year, she became one of the
youngest judges in Oklahoma history when she was appointed special
district judge for Pontotoc County. …