Hall of Fame Prepares to Induct Six Oklahomans

By Gilmore, Joan | THE JOURNAL RECORD, September 11, 1998 | Go to article overview

Hall of Fame Prepares to Induct Six Oklahomans


Gilmore, Joan, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Six outstanding Oklahomans will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 in Tulsa's Performing Arts Center. The induction ceremony, sponsored by the Oklahoma Heritage Association, alternates annually between Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

This year's honorees include Tulsa native W. French Anderson, M.D., San Marino, Calif.; Wanda L. Bass, McAlester; Donald L. Cooper, M.D., Stillwater; Ada native Archie W. Dunham, Houston; Stringtown native Reba McEntire, Nashville; and Minnesota native Herman Meinders, Oklahoma City.

Anderson is an internationally known pioneer in gene therapy who is serving as director of the Gene Therapy Laboratories and professor of biochemistry and pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.

Noted banker, civic leader, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Bass is vice chairman of the board of First National Bank of McAlester and president of the board of First National Community Development Corp.

Internationally recognized, Cooper is a pioneer in sports medicine and a leader in the effort to combat drug abuse among young people. He is retired as director of athletic medicine at Oklahoma State University.

Dunham is president and chief executive officer of Conoco and an executive vice president of DuPont.

McEntire's honors are many, including four awards as Favorite Female Musical Performer from the People's Choice Awards, and Entertainer of the Year Awards from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Country Radio Awards. She has recorded 18 albums, has appeared in films and on television and is known for her work with worthy causes such as Oklahoma's Children's Medical Research Institute.

Meinders came to Oklahoma City and founded his own company, American Floral Services, which he sold in 1984 after it had become the world's largest flowers-by-wire service. He also co-founded the World Flower Council and has served many civic and educational causes. He is chairman of Oklahoma City University's executive committee.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame was established in 1927 to recognize outstanding citizens of Oklahoma who have been born in the state or who have adopted it as their home. The sponsoring Oklahoma Heritage Association is a membership organization.

SeptemberFest -- family fun

Not quite an Oklahoma tradition but well on its way to becoming one is SeptemberFest, a day on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion where adults and children both will find lots to entertain, educate and titillate them. Scheduled from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, SeptemberFest was inaugurated last year by Gov. Frank Keating and First Lady Cathy Keating who hope that this tribute to Oklahoma and its excellence will become a tradition in the state.

Admission to the outdoor event is free, as is parking in the lots north, south and west of the State Capitol. Entrance to SeptemberFest will be through the Phillips Avenue gate on the west side of the mansion grounds. Although cold drinks, cookies and snacks will be available free of charge, families are encouraged to bring their own lunches. Outdoor dining space will be available.

Children will have the opportunity to try the mechanical roper, milk a cow, learn about domestic animals as well as those from the Oklahoma City Zoo. …

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