Hall of Fame

The OSU Alumni Association will recognize four new OSU Hall of Fame inductees on February 10, 2017 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. Click here to RSVP. Pictured above from left are the 2016 OSU Hall of Fame inductees: David Kyle, Michael L. and Anne Morris Greenwood, and Vaughn O. Vennerberg, II.

2017 OSU Hall of Fame Honorees


RHONDA HOOPER graduated from OSU in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with an emphasis in advertising. She says OSU has been the most important part of her life, providing her with confidence, experiences and the ability to make a difference.

Upon graduation, Hooper took a short break from her field of study and then took a job as a copywriter with Ackerman McQueen. She went on to become the assistant creative director and later, account executive before joining Technical Oil Tool Corporation (TOTCO), a Baker International Company, as director of advertising and public relations.

In 1986, Hooper was hired at Jordan Associates where she now serves as president and CEO. She credits her success with a unique gift she once thought everyone possessed.

“I want to leave things better than I found them,” Hooper says. “I didn’t realize everyone didn’t process things the way I do, but I have vision. I can see what we could be.”

Hooper has shattered glass ceilings not only in the professional world but also as a volunteer. She currently serves as the chair of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce - the first female to hold the position in the organization’s 127-year history. Hooper also chairs the governing board of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST), and the Oklahoma River Horse Park while holding the title of vice chair of the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust. She serves on the boards of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at OSU, the OKC Boathouse Foundation, the Alliance for Economic Development, OKC Arts Council, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, the OSU Foundation, the OSU-OKC president’s advisory board and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Hooper and her husband, Stephen, reside in Oklahoma City. She is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.

The Honorable TERENCE C. KERN, a native of Ponca City, Oklahoma, depended upon Lew Wentz scholarships and Pell Grants along with campus and store clerk jobs to put himself through college. He was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, president of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and an All-University volleyball player before graduating from OSU in 1966 with a degree in business. He went on to graduate from The University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1969 with his Juris Doctorate and later received a Masters of Law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

After graduating from law school and serving in the United States Army Reserves, Kern began his career as a General Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. He later returned to Oklahoma and entered into private practice with the law firm of Fischl, Culp, & McMillin in Ardmore, where he later became a partner. In 1986, he started his own firm and continued a general practice, including trying over 75 cases to jury verdict. While in Ardmore, he was active in the community and served as chairman of the board of Southern Oklahoma Memorial Hospital.

In 1994, Kern was appointed to the federal bench, and he served as Chief Judge of the Northern District of Oklahoma from 1996 to 2003. He has served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Security and Facilities, the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Space and Facilities and the Tenth Circuit Judicial Council. Kern continues to serve as a Senior Judge with an active civil docket. During his time on the bench, he has conducted over 200 civil and criminal trials. Kern is the first OSU graduate to serve as a United States District Judge.

In 2001, Kern was recognized by OSU with the Leadership Legacy Award. He is a past president of the Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag American Inn of Court and received the Lion of the Bar Award in 2013. In 2014, he was selected as the Oklahoma Association for Justice’s Judge of the Year.

Judge Kern has three adult children and two grandchildren. He and his wife, Jeanette, reside in Tulsa and are currently serving as honorary co-chairs for the 2017 “A Stately Affair in Tulsa” benefitting OSU’s Tulsa campuses. He is a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association.

Dr. BARRY POLLARD's lifelong interest in agriculture began at a young age on his family’s farm in Hennessey, Oklahoma. The son of two teachers, Pollard showed livestock in 4-H and FFA growing up.

While at OSU, he was named Top Ten Freshmen and was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. Pollard graduated with a degree in biochemistry in 1973. He went on to complete medical school before starting a private neurosurgery practice in Enid in 1982. Pollard has performed more than 17,000 cranial and spinal surgical procedures and believes his best professional accomplishment is “having the opportunity to take care of so many people with spinal and neurosurgical problems.”

In 1984, Pollard started PK Equipment – a John Deere dealership in Kingfisher, Oklahoma that has grown to 10 locations across Oklahoma and nine dealership locations in Iowa. PK employees more than 550 people and is a strong supporter of youth in agriculture.

Pollard served as chairman of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2011 during the Branding Success campaign. He founded the OSU Medical Cowboy Scholarship, which has raised more than $3.7 million for student interested in careers in medicine. Pollard has also funded a chair in Agribusiness as well as other scholarships in agriculture and athletics. He has served as an OSU Homecoming Judge and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. Pollard is also one of the original members of President Hargis’ President’s Fellows.

True to his roots, Pollard also operates a premier Registered Angus cattle herd and currently serves on the National Board of the American Angus Association. He has been named Enid Chamber of Commerce Business Man of the Year, Physician of the Year at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and a Pillar of the Plains nominee.
Dr. Pollard and his wife, Roxanne, have five children and seven grandchildren. He says his greatest personal success is his pride in his children’s character and their accomplishments. Pollard is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.

 

JAMES "JIM" VALLION - A fifty-dollar 4-H scholarship began a lifetime of achievement and generosity for James “Jim” Vallion. The eldest of seven children, Vallion graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1951 and a master’s degree in political science in 1954. Vallion went on to put all his numerous employees, friends and family through college.

“I realized that in this world you really cannot do the things you want to do without an education,” Vallion says. “An education is everything really.”

Throughout his college career, Vallion worked in food service. He went on to work at The Townhouse, then located at the corner of Main and Miller, for assistant basketball coach and part-time restaurateur, Gene Smelser.

In the early 1960s, Vallion and Smelser went into the restaurant business full time with ValGene’s Restaurants. Their eating establishments blanketed Oklahoma City and still hold a place in the memories of many Oklahomans today.

Following his restaurant ventures, Vallion found a passion for floral design. In 1980, the Trochta family was in the process of selling their flower shop where Vallion had been a frequent customer. He purchased Trochta’s Flowers and has owned it ever since, continuing to make daily visits even now at the age of 86.

Vallion has endowed two scholarships at OSU – the Smelser-Vallion Basketball Scholarship and the Smelser-Vallion Doel Reed Art Scholarship. He has served on numerous boards for the American Heart Association, Allied Arts of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Zoological Society, Red Earth Inc. and the Advisory Council for Doel Reed Center for the Arts. Vallion has also received several awards including the Oklahoma Living Treasure Award from the University of Oklahoma and the Red Earth Spirit Award. Vallion resides in Oklahoma City with his sister, Maggie Barrett, and is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.

Past Hall of Fame Honorees

2 Indicates winner is deceased | * Indicates award was posthumous

Last Name First Name Inducted
Hooper
Rhonda
2017
Kern
Judge Terence C.
2017
Pollard, M.D.
Barry L.
2017
Vallion
James "Jim"
2017
Greenwood
Anne Morris
2016
Greenwood
Michael L.
2016
Kyle
David
2016
Vennerberg II
Vaughn O.
2016
Close
Bryan
2015
Drummond
Frederick F.
2015
Groendyke
John D.
2015
Paul*
Ramona Emmons
2015
Mashburn J.W. 2014
Reilley Dennis H. 2014
Batchelder David H. 2013
Mitchell Amy 2013
Mitchell 3rd Malone 2013
Stritzke Jerry D. 2013
Booker Ray 2012
Fischer Malinda Berry 2012
Harjo Jr. Benjamin 2012
Batchelder Gene 2011
Clerico John A. 2011
Meibergen Lew 2011
Smith Michelle 2011
Humphreys Donald 2010
Sparks Gary 2010
Thoma Carl 2010
Thoma Marilynn 2010
Brooks Garth 2009
Sanders Barry 2009
Ventura Robin 2009
Jorns Steven 2009
Kurland Robert A. 2009
Panciera Roger J. 2009
Cobb James D. 2008
Nofflet Juanita (Bobbie) 2008
Sutton Eddie 2008
Rogers* Murl R. 2007
Spears William S. 2007
Taylor Justice Steven 2007
Bost * Jessie Thatcher 2006
Court Leonard 2006
McKnight Ross 2006
Roche Helen Newman 2006
Eitel Charlie 2005
Jabara Fran D. 2005
Sparks* Willard R. 2005
Bump Larry J. 2004
Carreker James D. 2004
Ellis Nancy Payne 2004
Johnston Martha 2003
Oden Bishop William B. 2003
Roberts MD H. Edward 2003
Cudd Haskell 2002
McSpadden Clem 2002
Holloway Dr. Ernest L. 2001
Robson Frank C. 2001
Tang, Ph.D. Jordan J. N. 2001
Hendricks Scott 2000
Keller Edward F. 2000
Whitney, DVM Robert A. 2000
Atherton William S. 1999
Bellatti2 James R. 1999
Howard Samuel H 1999
Ponder Henry 1998
Stringer L.E. “Dean” 1998
Watson Chuck 1998
Faulkner DeLois 1997
Lew Steven 1997
Nelson Charles 1997
DuBois Tim 1996
Greer K. Gordon 1996
Cho Choong-Shik 1996
Click, Jr. Jim 1995
Fate Martin 1995
Linehan John 1995
McDaniel William J. 1994
Zink John S. 1994
Allen W. Wayne 1993
Gilliam B. June 1993
Hytche William P. 1993
Ashabranner Brent K. 1992
Nickles Donald L. 1992
Reeves G. Stuart 1992
Daniel Jay 1991
Fitch Margaret Edsel 1991
Mavris Nicholas B. 1991
Fidler Isaiah 1990
Jackson* Eugene 1990
Tuttle Francis 1990
Baker James H. “Jimmie”  1989
Chitwood Robert H. 1989
Watkins Wesley W. 1989
Droke Kaye Barrett 1988
Pierson Russell L. 1988
Wheeler, Jr. Clyde A. 1988
Ellsworth Melvin 1987
Schmoe W.P. “Bill” 1987
Teague Bertha Frank 1987
Barnes James E. 1986
Neustadt Jean  1986
Price Robert R. 1986
Badran Adnan 1985
Martin* Archie O. 1985
McPherson Frank A. 1985
Morsani Frank 1985
Henderson* C.A. 1984
Hoke Sr. Roy T. 1984
Pickens Boone 1984
Joullian III Edward C. 1983
Long Lloyd 1983
Allee Bob 1982
Bartlett F.M. “Pete” 1981
Savage Carolyn 1981
Swartz* Raymond 1981
Warren Gladys 1980
Wortman Sterling 1980
Brewer Veldo 1979
Kelly James 1979
Griffith Art 1978
Herrington Carl  1978
Swearingen* Eugene 1978
Bost Armon 1977
Dunlap E.T.  1977
Benson George S. 1976
Smith Albert F 1976
Orbison Scott 1975
Roderick Myron 1975
Finney Whithman D. 1974
Lookabaugh E.M. “Jim” 1974
Caudill William W. 1973
Jones Melvin 1973
Fitch, Jr. Ernest C. 1972
Logan Harold 1972
Hitch, Jr. H. C.  1971
O’Toole Lela 1971
Malzahn Edwin 1970
Seretean Martin B. “Bud”  1970
Edwards Roy V.  1969
James Guy H. 1968
Murphy Henry F. “Pat” 1968
Sanford M. Gen. Teddy H. 1968
McDonald Leon J. “T-Bone” 1967
Potts H. Clay 1967
Stone Walker 1967
Young* Raymond A. 1967
Drummond Fred Gentner 1966
Higgins Ralph 1966
Darlow Albert E. “Al” 1965
Hays Lt. Gen. George P.  1965
Bellmon Henry 1964
Oliver John 1964
Green William 1963
Miller Paul 1963
Briggs Glenn 1962
Chandler Emma 1962
Wright Myron A. 1962
Arrington James H. 1961
Mittendorf Theodor H. 1961
Stiles George 1961
Stuteville Orion H. 1961
Winters N. E. 1961
Ball Ralph M.  1960
Newton Roy C. 1960
Worthington Wayne H 1960
Payne William T. 1959
Savage A.O. 1959
Willham Oliver S. 1959
Reynolds Allie P. 1958
Roseberry Carroll V. 1958
Scott Joe C. 1958
Gallagher Edward C. 1956
Green George H.C. 1956
Lumly Thomas M. 1956
McCullough Gerald W. 1956
McElroy Clarence 1956