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December 2023 OHOF Magazine

* this universe is you: Oklahoma's Artists * Bestowing Oklahoma's Highest Honor: The 96th Annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony * Oklahoma Hall of Fame Spotlight: Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg * Oklahoma's Story Through Its People

DECEMBER 2023 MAMAGAZINE OF THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FGAZINE OF THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAMEAME TELLING OKLAHOMA'TELLING OKLAHOMA'S SS STTORORY THROUGH ITY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE SINCE 1S PEOPLE SINCE 1992277 THIS UNIVERSE IS YOU: OKLAHOMA’S ARTISTS Lorem ipsum GAYLORD-PICKENS MUSEUM BESTOWING OKLAHOMA’S HIGHEST HONOR: THE 96TH ANNUAL OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY GAYLORD-PICKENS MUSEUM OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: INEZ SCOTT LUNSFORD SILBERG OKLAHOMA’S STORY THROUGH ITS PEOPLE

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DECEMBER 2023 VOLUME 28 • NUMBER 2 PRESIDENT & CEO Shannon L. Rich VICE PRESIDENT CONTENTS Gini Moore Campbell CHAIRMAN, PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE Bob Burke DESIGN MAGAZINE OF THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME Skip McKinstry skipmckinstry.com 2 From the Chairman From the President Rebecca Dixon Shannon L. Rich Subscription .....................................$35 Individualism ...................................$50 Perseverance .................................$100 3 this universe is you: Pioneer Spirit .................................$250 Oklahoma’s Artists Optimism ...................................... $500 Carol Mowdy Bond Friends of the Medallion ................... $1,000 Mistletoe Circle ............................. $2,500 Gold Circle ................................$5,000 D O N O R L E V E L SConstancy Circle ...........................$10,000 14 Bestowing Oklahoma’s Mission Partner .......................$25,000 Highest Honor: The 96th Annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame For additional information contact the Induction Ceremony Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gini Moore Campbell 1400 Classen Drive Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106 Telephone 405.235.4458 or Toll Free 888.501.2059 E-mail [email protected] 34 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Visit the organization's website at Member Spotlight: OklahomaHOF.com Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg Unsolicited manuscripts must be Mattie Barlow accompanied by return postage. Unless otherwise noted, all images are courtesy of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. LIBRARY DISTRIBUTION MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF DONORS STATEWIDE. 40 Oklahoma’s Story BENEFACTOR Through Its People THE CHICKASAW NATION HERMAN AND LADONNA MEINDERS LEGACY PARTNER E.L. AND THELMA GAYLORD FOUNDATION MISSION PARTNERS MR. & MRS. BOB BURKE COVER IMAGE: M.R. & EVELYN HUDSON FOUNDATION THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2023, FROM LEFT, DWIGHT ADAMS, INASMUCH FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN JOHN A. “ROCKY” BARRETT, BILL LANCE, MADELINE MANNING MIMS, HAL & SANDY SMITH POSTHUMOUS HONOREE MARY GOLDA ROSS, JUDITH JAMES, BARRY POLLARD, THE PUTERBAUGH FOUNDATION AND J MAYS. PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO.

FROM THE FROM THE CHAIRMAN... PRESIDENT... Last month we inducted into the each and every day. I am beyond It is hard to believe that we are I would like to take this Oklahoma Hall of Fame eight impressed with the work done by this closing in on the 96th year for the opportunity to recognize the extraordinary Oklahomans, each mighty team. Oklahoma Hall of Fame. The past leadership of the Oklahoma Hall of possessing unique contributions As a donor, you may know 12 months have seen tremendous Fame. Our board of directors gives that have made Oklahoma, our us through just one of the many growth in the families we serve. From of their time, talent, and treasure to Nation, and the world a better avenues in which we ful昀椀ll our See You Saturdays and Spring Thing support our mission and we could place. Congratulations again to mission. You may have attended the to Summer Thursdays and Fall Y’All, not be more grateful. Representing Dwight Adams, Chairman Rocky induction ceremony or Oklahoma there are more than 40 free days every corner of the state, their Barrett, Judith James, Bill Lance, J Born & Brewed, accompanied your where the Oklahoma Hall of Fame voices ensure we are providing for Mays, Madeline Manning Mims, children or grandchildren on a 昀椀eld at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum is all Oklahomans. I would like to Barry Pollard, and the family of trip to the Museum, or purchased providing exciting opportunities to thank Becky Dixon for her support posthumous Honoree Mary Golda one of our publications through our community. while serving as chair for the past Ross. You can learn more about Scissortail Gifts, but I promise you Our Homeschool Days’ two years and welcome Frank the Class of 2023 in this issue. have just scratched the surface of all program is meeting the need in Merrick who assumed the role And, nominations for the Class that is available to you. supporting and enhancing the earlier this month. of 2024 are due March 1st, so If you have not already done so, curriculum of those educating at There has never been a better please nominate someone from I hope you will mail your year-end home and through co-ops. Through time to support the Oklahoma Hall your community that is worthy of gift today to ensure that together we program outreach we are meeting of Fame as we share the incredible Oklahoma’s Highest Honor. can continue to meet the needs of educators and students where stories that inspire future generations At the board meeting earlier this Oklahomans of all ages. they are with pop-up exhibits, through our many programming month I concluded my two-year books, and activities. The demand opportunities. Wishing you and term as chair of the Oklahoma Hall for these programs has increased yours a joyful holiday season and a of Fame. Serving in this capacity dramatically over the past 12 Happy New Year! I have learned so much more Rebecca Dixon months, reinforcing the need for all about the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, CHAIRMAN that we do in Telling Oklahoma’s the extensive and ever-growing Story Through Its People. Plans are in programming, and the staff that place to expand our outreach in the Shannon L. Rich makes everything we do possible coming year to meet the demand. PRESIDENT & CEO CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD CHAIRMEN’S COUNCIL ANN HARGIS OKLAHOMA CITY REBECCA DIXON TULSA GOVERNOR BILL ANOATUBBY ADA CATHY JAMESON DAVIS CALVIN J. ANTHONY STILLWATER HANNIBAL B. JOHNSON TULSA CHAIRMAN-ELECT OF THE BOARD CLAYTON I. BENNETT OKLAHOMA CITY MAUTRA STALEY JONES OKLAHOMA CITY FRANK W. MERRICK OKLAHOMA CITY NEVYLE R. CABLE JENKS DIAN JORDAN BROKEN BOW PAT HENRY LAWTON PEGGY KATES OKLAHOMA CITY CHAIRMAN EMERITUS GLEN D. JOHNSON OKLAHOMA CITY CATHY KEATING OKLAHOMA CITY BRUCE T. BENBROOK WOODWARD ROXANA LORTON TULSA KAREN KEITH TULSA TOM J. MCDANIEL OKLAHOMA CITY KATHY LASTER SHAWNEE ORS VICE CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD JOE P. MORAN III TULSA MARK LONDAGIN GROVE AMANDA R. CLINTON ROSE LEE ALLAN SMITH OKLAHOMA CITY GREG MASSEY DURANT SAMUEL COMBS III TULSA MARK A. STANSBERRY EDMOND WES MILBOURN OKLAHOMA CITY ART COTTON OKLAHOMA CITY MIKE NEAL TULSA KEN FERGESON ALTUS DIRECTORS D. SCOTT PETTY STILLWATER AMY ANNE FORD DURANT PATRICK ADAMS EDMOND SUSAN CHAPMAN PLUMB PARK HILL EDNA MAE HOLDEN KREMLIN JARI ASKINS DUNCAN BARRY L. POLLARD, M.D. ENID CHAIRMAN JOHN “ROCKY” BARRETT SHAWNEE WHITNEY RAINBOLT OKLAHOMA CITY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT-LARGE CHIEF GARY BATTON DURANT ROGER RAMSEYER TULSA CLAYTON I. BENNETT OKLAHOMA CITY BARBARA BRAUGHT DUNCAN EDIE ROODMAN OKLAHOMA CITY LINDA ENGLISH WEEKS NORMAN ANDRE’ CALDWELL OKLAHOMA CITY BOB ROSS OKLAHOMA CITY BRAD CARSON TULSA TIMILA ROTHER OKLAHOMA CITY CORPORATE SECRETARY JILL CASTILLA EDMOND JOANN SCHAUB TULSA BOB BURKE OKLAHOMA CITY TERRI CORNETT OKLAHOMA CITY BILL SCHONACHER OKLAHOMA CITY CHAD DILLINGHAM ENID SUZANNE SCHREIBER TULSA TREASURER CHERYL EVANS BURLINGTON BRANDON D. SCOTT BROKEN ARROW STEVE BURRAGE ANTLERS STANLEY L. 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this universe I HAVE ALWAYS DANCED WITH THE RAIN Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd is you “this universe is you,” an exhibit in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame from September 27 through November 25, 2023, featured the works of 昀椀ve indigenous artists who represent at least seven Native nations: Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd, Kristin Gentry, Shelby Rowe, Kindra Swa昀昀ord, and Jarica Walsh. Although unique in their art styles and mediums, these 昀椀ve artists share certain traits. Their work is informed by their ancestors, relatives, mentors, and peers, as well as the natural world, their desire to educate and inform others about their Native heritage, and their Native nations that intertwine with the fabric of their individual lives. As well, some of these artists use personal life trauma experiences as the fuel for their art, along with informing their art, with a goal of bringing healing to themselves and others. by carol mowdy bond 33

amber l. duboise-shepherd Although born in Shawnee, DuBoise-Shepherd moved with her parents to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona until she was about 昀椀ve, at which time the family returned to Shawnee. Her mother, who is 昀氀uent in Navajo, always has been academically driven and that prompted DuBoise-Shepherd toward her higher education. Her dad is semi-昀氀uent in Sauk and Potawatomi, and plays Native American 昀氀ute. “I grew up knowing various phrases and terms,” DuBoise-Shepherd said. “I learned how to say my native name in Sac & Fox, and all my clans in Navajo.” Both sides of DuBoise-Shepherd’s family worked in traditional Native art forms, and she grew up around them as they created their works. “From my mother’s family, who live on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, we would arrive from Oklahoma hrough mixed media pieces, oil paint, pen and to visit them, and I remember seeing my grandmother ink, markers, water color, typography, and digital, and grandfather working in their silversmithing shop, TAmber L. DuBoise-Shepherd depicts contemporary polishing and cutting stones, and working with silver,” Native American narratives based on her family heritage DuBoise-Shepherd said. “I grew up around my Navajo of Diné (Navajo), Sac & Fox, and Prairie Band Potawatomi. great-grandmother as well, and I remember her weaving Designs from Diné textiles, and woodland ribbon work her rugs on a loom while sitting on the 昀氀oor. I made and beadwork also inform her art. She bridges traditional one rug with her and she showed me how to create the Native subjects with modern, contemporary styles. weaving. I remember sitting in her lap and the smell of the wool.” ELEVATE Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd 4

Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd, Shawnee www.amberlduboise-shepherdart.com/ BEFORE DAWN, EARLY MORNING PRAYER Amber L. DuBoise-Shepherd On her father’s side, DuBoise-Shepherd’s grandmother “I have strong spiritual ties to my Native culture and was Sac & Fox and Prairie Band Potawatomi. She was a heritage,” DuBoise-Shepherd said. “I actively attend skilled seamstress who taught DuBoise-Shepherd to sew, ceremonial events for my Navajo and Sac & Fox sides to make ribbon shirts, and shawls with appliqué designs of my family. Attending these ceremonies has created based on the tribe’s 昀氀oral patterning. She also created a better foundation for me. I was more actively adding and made dresses for DuBoise-Shepherd. spiritual beings of my mother’s Navajo side in my During high school, DuBoise-Shepherd realized she artwork. But I have pulled back on adding them, except wanted to pursue a career in the arts at the university in more subtle ways. I realized they are our scared level. She went on to earn an associate’s degree of art beings and I must depict them respectfully in my work. from Seminole State College and a bachelor’s of 昀椀ne arts I have also attended many of my Sac & Fox ceremonial from Oklahoma State University. Besides her family, her feasts since I was a child, and I have learned a lot from journey involved many other mentors for whom she attending. They allow me to feel close to my relatives and remains grateful. ancestors who have gone on.” DuBoise-Shepherd was previously manager of DuBoise-Shepherd has innumerable accolades to her Education and Outreach at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of name, including exhibitions, awards, and art markets. Art. She is currently an administrator at the University of She enjoys hiking, as well as spending time in nature Oklahoma School of Visual Arts. which is another inspiration for her art. 5

kristin gentry HOMMA LAKNA 2023 Kristin Gentry registered member of Choctaw Nation of elements. Nature is both a blend of the structured and Oklahoma and Choctaw Nation Artist Registry, spontaneous. I emphasize nature’s in昀氀uence by showing A Kristin Gentry was born in Tvlse, which means the 昀氀oral patterns from traditional clothing and adapting “Tulsa” in the Choctaw language. Gentry is a writer, it into new patterns, compositions, and concepts. Through curator, painter, printmaker, and photographer. As a this stylistic approach, my work honors my culture that professional visual artist, she works in the areas of is found in nature-based customs and traditions. I look relief and monotype printmaking, painting, jewelry, and at our designs and research how they have transformed photography. She often photographs families in their or remained unchanged to today. I also research the tribal regalia, and she creates designs and patterns from in昀氀uence of tribal agrarian history of garden produce traditional clothing in her painting and prints. and pollination for crops’ in昀氀uence on Native American Drawing, sketching, and writing since she can art and clothing. I look to show both the micro and remember, Gentry grew up in the arts. Her father was macro views of our dances, and incorporate the circular an architectural draftsman and her mother was a movements throughout pieces. Through my art I explore news editor and writer. Her parents and grandparents how the symbolic meanings of the design in昀氀uence participated in art markets. our cultural traditions today and in昀氀uence our larger Gentry earned her bachelor’s degree in 昀椀ne arts from communities.” Oklahoma State University, in addition to her master’s Using her art, Gentry is passionate about creating degree in Native American Leadership. She worked as a different ways to preserve the traditional Southwestern full-time elementary and high school 昀椀ne arts educator tribal culture of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and to in Stillwater, and then helped open the FAMstore for the educate and restore the beauty of her people’s journey to 昀椀rst two years at First Americans Museum in Oklahoma where they are as Chahta Okla, or “Choctaw People,” today. City. She is now the director of Community Engagement “Through my art, I continue to 昀椀nd more of my for Native Realities at First Americans Museum and she cultural identity as a Chahta Ohoyo, or ‘Choctaw Woman,’ directs the Indigenous Pop X Pop Culture Convention. and Ishki, or ‘Mother.’ I strive to be the voice for “I stylistically form nature in a way that is in contrast indigenous artists when there is none, and even more so to the way many artists rely on realistic representations,” for Native American women in today’s society.” Gentry said. “Formally, I am very interested in making As an avid gardener, Gentry grows produce from compositions out of the colors, the positive or negative Cherokee Nation and Choctaw Nation heirloom seeds. shapes of the plants and other nature. I am interested Inspired by her tribal culture and sharing the correct in the use of symmetry as it’s always present throughout history of the Choctaw, Gentry is a national award- my tribal culture. In opposition to symmetry, I also winning artist who has exhibited her art in numerous create the use of amorphous and asymmetrical design juried, invited, open, and group shows across the 66

MORNING STAR 2023 Kristin Gentry Midwestern United States. Her career highlights include winning 昀椀rst place in relief printmaking at the 2022 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Santa Fe Indian Market. As well, Gentry received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2012. HVSHI 2023 Kristin Gentry, Oklahoma City Kristin Gentry www.kristingentry.com/ 7

shelby rowe she began connecting with her tribe and with the Oklahoma City urban Native community. “My grandmothers/ancestors are the sources of my inspiration,” Rowe said. “I feel my relatives guiding my path. When I can quiet my mind and listen to them, I can follow Hina Chokma or ‘The Good Path.’ They are the ones who told me to come home, and to bead, and they have inspired some of my pieces of art.” “My grandmothers put something else on my heart,” Rowe said. “I began to ask myself ‘What am I doing to carry our culture forward?’ I sat down and had inspiring conversations with Chickasaw artists. I had never been good at anything artistic, but I did love to tell stories, and could see how these artists were telling stories in their work.” This experience was a catalyst for Rowe to begin beadwork, starting with small strips of beadwork and attaching them to hair barrettes. She loved the work, and aspired to do more. With numerous mentors, and after more attempts at beading, she found her artistic passion. Rowe uses software to generate and 昀椀ne tune her helby Rowe is an inspirational speaker, nationally patterns, in an effort to make each piece appear as recognized suicide prevention expert, and award- realistic as possible. She brings her subjects to life by Swinning bead artist. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, she mixing multiple bead 昀椀nishes and tones. grew up in Tulsa. “Beading is meditation and prayer for me,” Rowe “First and foremost, Chickashsha Saya, iska said. “It allows me to tell stories and connect with my inkonihumma,” Rowe said. “I am Chickasaw, descended customers. I love seeing our traditional stories and life from the Red Skunk Clan. I am descended from a experiences come to life in many different forms. My Chickasaw healer, midwife, and business owner Mourning favorite pieces to create have been commissions. These Tree Allen Gooding. She was a 昀椀ve-year-old orphan at the usually involve beading portraits of family members, time of our tribe’s forced removal from the homelands or something deeply meaningful for my clients. I like near modern-day Tupelo, Mississippi, to Chickasaw creating an heirloom they can pass down. I pursued being Territory in Oklahoma. Like my ancestors, my purpose is an artist because I was pursuing what it meant to be a to mend brokenness. As a survivor of countless traumas SACRED BOND BETWEEN FRIENDS myself, I have spent years mending the brokenness within Shelby Rowe myself. I celebrate healing and am a champion for hope.” Inspired by her elders and many of Oklahoma’s other Native artists, especially her fellow Chickasaw artists, Rowe began pursuing art at age 45 during 2017. “The year before, I had been named the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year,” Rowe said. “That was a life-changing moment in my life. I was living in New York City at the time, and came home for the awards ceremony, and stayed for the entire Chickasaw Annual Festival. I realized that although I was making a difference across the nation with my career, suicide prevention, my work wasn’t impacting the lives of my people. I had a calling to come home.” Rowe’s grandmothers told her to return home to Oklahoma, and she moved back in 2017, at which time 8

HATALPUSHIK ISHTO Shelby Rowe Chickasaw woman. Being Chickasaw and being an artist feel inseparable to me. It’s my gift.” A suicide-attempt survivor, Rowe has worked in public health since 1994. She is currently the executive director for the OU Health Sciences Center Suicide Prevention Center, which is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. A leader in the suicide prevention 昀椀eld for over 15 years, she has a wealth of experience working at the local, tribal, state, and national levels. She is a sought-after advisor and collaborates extensively with U.S. leaders and internationally to advance suicide prevention efforts. As well, Rowe is a member of the Suicide in Women and Girls Taskforce for the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Executive Committee, and the RI International Board of Directors. Rowe received the 2021 American Association of Suicidology Transforming Lived Experience Award. She earned her bachelor’s in sociology and philosophy, SOVEREIGN RESILIENCE and an MBA. As well, Rowe has & BEAUTY numerous accolades as an artist. Shelby Rowe Shelby Rowe, Oklahoma City www.shelbyrrowe.com/ 9

kindra swafford my subjects as overexposed, a single image divided through a prism. The pieces encompass perceptions of my subjects refracted through a lifetime of in昀氀uences. I 昀椀nd fragments of color uniquely placed in the subject, enhance the image digitally to show the exaggerated tones, then saturate the hue when applying my watercolor to paper. I use the medium to express moods and emotions, capturing my model’s unique individuality. The subjects have inspired me to look through many different lenses, a kaleidoscope of experiences, and I hope they inspire you.” As a child, Swafford always had a pencil or marker on hand, and enjoyed doodling, with pop culture, comics, movies, and video games integral to their artistic process. As well, Swafford credits the world—including herokee artist Kindra Swafford’s watercolor art family, friends, and instructors—as the catalyst and portfolio exhibits vivid colors, depictions of 昀氀ora encouragement for their art. Cand fauna, and glitched compositions. Glitch art is “I guess in a way, drawing came naturally to me,” the practice of using digital or analog errors for aesthetic Swafford said. “My family was the beginning of purposes by either corrupting digital data or physically inspiration for the arts. My Papa James taught me how manipulating electronic devices. to draw, with me holding his hand while he drew. My On the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition website, Granny Jewell would always laugh at the doodles we came Swafford said, “My work is comprised of collected up with. My Ma and Papa on my mother’s side have my portraits that look at life from a range of perspective. art pieces hanging through their home. It is years of work My newest approach to the medium, ‘Glitch,’ represents from early age to now. That type of unconditional love helped me have a safe space with pursuing art.” UKTENA AND LADYBUGS NO. 1 UKTENA AND LADYBUGS NO. 2 Kindra Swa昀昀ord Kindra Swa昀昀ord 1010

UKTENA AND LADYBUGS NO. 4 Kindra Swa昀昀ord Although home life did not include the Cherokee language, Swafford did have Cherokee language in school, and in the last few years they circled back to the language to the extent that Cherokee language classes are now part of their life. “I was born in Tahlequah, and I was raised down Hwy 82 from Peggs, Locust Grove, Moody, and Salina,” Swafford said. “I lost my grandma right after we obtained citizenship, but I learned from her how to garden and can food. The respect for nature and its inhabitants came from her, and my green thumb came from her. There are items that she made that my Papa James would take out, after she had passed, that would show she was taught traditional arts and she applied them in her life. That is how I found out she knew how to weave. She also was an excellent quilt maker.” Art and biology teachers invested in Swafford’s abilities. “I can only hope that I inspire others to pursue their Initially pursuing a degree in science, Swafford declared passions,” Swafford said. “Even if they work full time, a major in 昀椀ne arts, graduating in 2014 with a BFA from people need to 昀椀nd happiness in their lives, and in my Northeastern State University. Swafford worked various situation, create happiness.” jobs through high school and college, and still remains employed, while pursuing art. Swafford has a huge number of accolades, awards, and showings to their name. They are an active member of Arts Council of Tahlequah, Inkslingers of Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. As well, they are a member of The Southeastern Indian Artists Association, an intertribal Native American nonpro昀椀t arts organization Kindra Swa昀昀ord, Tahlequah headquartered in Oklahoma that promotes and protects www.kindraswa昀昀ord.com/ the interest of Native American artists. 11

jarica walsh Walsh strives to make art that provides healing and progress, and that examines our relationship with ourselves, our planet, and our universe. She has created various series of art work. “My sculptural ceramic artwork intends to strike a balance of strength and vulnerability,” Walsh said. “The Star Series is a connection to cosmic bodies. Inspired by a night sky and the notion that we are all made of star stuff, but beyond that, this work honors my Wahzhazhe ancestors and our origin in the stars. These nonfunctional vessels are infused with positivity and blessings to be shared with those who hold them, functioning as talismans. I believe in the ability of these objects to hold meaning, transfer energy, and to heal.” “The Self-Portrait series uses red clay showing the direct human connection to the earth, in contrast to the bright white porcelain of my other ceramics,” Walsh said. “Some works take human form, others are more abstract.” arica Walsh is a multidisciplinary artist motivated by optimism and an appreciation of nature. A Jnative of Pawhuska, she is a member of the Osage Nation. Walsh earned her BFA in Media Arts at the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in 昀椀lmmaking. While completing her degree, she studied sculpture and ceramics. Walsh’s art now focuses primarily on the mediums of ceramics and cyanotypes, an alternative photographic process. “Art has been part of who I am for as long as I can remember,” Walsh said. “Expressing myself creatively came naturally. I engaged in dance, theater, and visual art as a YOU ARE MY SUN child. I come from a family of artists. My grandmother Jarica Walsh was a painter and a 昀椀ber artist. Her brother, my great- YOU ARE MY MOON uncle, was also a painter. My father explored photography Jarica Walsh during my childhood. We had some of my great-uncle’s paintings in our home when I was growing up, and those paintings in昀氀uenced my understanding of arts. My artistic practice is informed by and re昀氀ects the Wahzhazhe (Osage) origin story, and our long history of connection with plant relatives. My upbringing wasn’t rooted in Osage culture, so I didn’t learn until adulthood how my values intersected with my ancestors. I spent my formative years perched in a magnolia tree, and that early communion is fundamental to who I am. I am inspired by the power of plants, and the magic of being born from stardust.” 12

Walsh creates photogram prints of her ceramic works as well as plant life, using SISTER BRAID the cyanotype process. This photographic process creates an Jarica Walsh outlined positive image of the work placed on the paper. The erasure of details, aside from outlines, allows for focus on the print of the ceramic piece and its unique pattern. The midnight blue background further reinforces the connection to the night sky. In so doing, Walsh is incorporating storytelling, recording both personal and global experiences in the prints by means of careful composition and handwritten graphite additions to the backgrounds of the works. “I work to bring quiet introspection and vulnerability to my creative process, demonstrated in the meditative carving of patterns into the clay, the careful collection of botanicals, and the addition of the handwritten thoughts,” Walsh said. “It is done with the intention of re昀氀ecting the contemplation and openness into the artwork and installations, inviting the same of the viewer with the goal of 昀椀nding common ground and healing.” Walsh’s art has been displayed in numerous venues. Her creations may be purchased at FAMstore at First Americans Museum, and also at Red Earth Art Center. As well, she is the director of Visual and Public Art for the Oklahoma Arts Council, the state agency for the arts. Jarica Walsh, Oklahoma City www.jaricawalsh.com/ 13

L A HOM OK A HA E L L O F F AM BESTBESTOWINGOWING OKLAHOMAOKLAHOMA’S HIGHEST HONOR:’S HIGHEST HONOR: Seated, from left, are 2023 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honorees Chairman John A. “Rocky” Barrett, Bill Lance, Judith James, Madeline Manning Mims, J Mays, Dwight Adams, Barry Pollard, and portrait of posthumous honoree Mary Golda Ross. Standing are Presenters Gov. Brad Henry, Gov. Bill Anoatubby, Jane Jayroe Gamble, John Jackson, Helen Ford Wallace, and W. Roger Webb. Photo by Creel McFarland | Limerick Studio. ore than 900 family, friends, and President & CEO Shannon L. and colleagues gathered in the Rich welcomed the crowd to the M Oklahoma Ballroom of the Embassy 96th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel & Induction Ceremony. In addition to Conference Center to celebrate the reviewing the many successes over induction of the Oklahoma Hall of the last 12 months, Members of the Fame Class of 2023. Oklahoma Hall Oklahoma Hall of Fame in attendance of Fame Chair-Elect Frank Merrick were introduced, tribute was paid to introduced 2021 Inductee Col. Stanley those lost since last year’s event, and L. Evans to provide the invocation. the 2023-2024 Oklahoma Hall of Following dinner, Chair Becky Dixon Fame Scholarship was announced. BY GINI MOORE CAMPBELL 14

L A HOM OK A HA E L L O F F AM Prior to the start of the induction ceremony, Oklahoma Hall of Fame President & CEO Shannon L. Rich and Chair Becky Dixon thanked guests for attending and recognized the Patron Donors for their support of this year’s event. In addition, Rich and Dixon introduced the 2023- 2024 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipient Madison Keene, a senior at Edmond Santa Fe High School. Awarded to one high school senior annually, the $6,000 scholarship is funded predominantly by Members of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and criteria includes not only academic achievement, but community involvement, volunteerism, and extracurricular school activities. Since her sophomore year she has been taking classes Oklahoma Hall of Fame Chair Becky Dixon, left, and President at Francis Tuttle Technology Center and their Academy & CEO Shannon L. Rich welcomed those in attendance to of Biomedical Science. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA celebrate the induction of eight remarkable Oklahomans. while being actively involved in organizations associated with both her high school and Francis Tuttle, as well as her church and community projects. She is also a musician, playing in her school’s Philharmonic and Symphonic orchestras. Keene is planning to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall. She will be earning her degree in Microbiology before pursuing medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She wants to focus her studies on Pathology to further the studies of disease. To kick o昀昀 the induction ceremony, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Members and masters of ceremonies Dr. Col. Stanley L. Evans, a Member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Pamela McCauley and Sharen Jester Turney welcomed Class of 2021, provided the invocation prior to the Oklahoma the crowd. Bailey Perkins Wright, a Lawton native and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 昀椀fth-generation Oklahoman, performed “The National Madison Keene waved to the crowd after being introduced as Anthem” and was joined onstage by the Class of 2023 the 2023-2024 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipient. to close the show with “Oklahoma!”. Inducted as members of the 2023 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class were Dwight Adams, Edmond; Chairman John A. “Rocky” Barrett, Shawnee; Judith James, Pond Dr. Je昀昀 Kidwell directed the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Orchestra for the 96th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 15

L A HOM OK A HA E L L O F F AM IN MEMORIAM THE MEANING BEHIND THE OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME MEDALLION RIBBON RAYS OF THE SUN GRAY FREDERICKSON Reddish in color, the ribbon that Surrounding 昀椀ve Ts are INDUCTED 2019 the Oklahoma Hall of Fame rays of the sun, the Indian Medallion hangs from depicts symbol for constancy, Oklahoma’s rich red earth. unchanging, or unwavering. WHITE STAR Taken from the Oklahoma FIVE Ts State Seal, the white star Situated above the represents white star, the 昀椀ve Ts KING KIRCHNER Oklahoma as honor the 昀椀ve Indian INDUCTED 2006 the 46th state of Nations that inhabited AHO Indian Territory prior L M the Union and the K A 46th star on the 昀氀ag to Statehood. O of the United States. MISTLETOE WREATH GOLD CENTER HA E The blessing of the union Taken from the Oklahoma L L O FAM of Oklahoma and Indian Hall of Fame’s impression F territories by Uncle Sam, the gold stamp and the Oklahoma State Seal, TOM E. LOVE INDUCTED 2000 center is taken from the impression the Mistletoe wreath 昀椀rst was used as stamp of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame an element of the Great Seal of the upon its founding in 1927. Territory of Oklahoma. Originally pinned to the Honoree the night of induction, today’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame Medallion PATRICIA WHEELER is hung on a ribbon around the Honoree’s neck. INDUCTED 1988 Although design and implementation have changed slightly, the elements and meanings have remained the same since the 昀椀rst induction in 1928. Headed by Anna B. Korn, the founder of the Oklahoma Hall of JOSEPH H. WILLIAMS Fame, a committee worked with a local Oklahoma INDUCTED 1988 City jeweler to design the medallion. Janna Boren Isabelle Lechter Cadance Burke Nicole Lopez Bryce Carroll Brooklyn Morgan Jax Coates McKenzie Morgan Claire Cornmesser Preston Payne Aleesha Davis Ryan Richardson Camryn Davis Kolby Robertson Jensen Dean Kate Shipley Evan Ferguson Ashlynne Smiley Hope Jordan Julia Woolery Lydia Kent Haya Zubair The Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Teen Board served as escorts for the 2023 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This talented group of young Oklahomans annually raises funds to ensure every Oklahoma student has the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum through the Free Field Trip Program. 16

L A HOM OK A HA E L L O F F AM 2023 OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME PATRON DONORS PRODUCTION PARTNERS Oklahoma Hall of Fame THE CHICKASAW NATION Members Dr. Pamela CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA McCauley, left, inducted CITIZEN POTAWATOMI NATION CRESAP FAMILY FOUNDATION in 2022, and Sharen EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS | MR. ROBERT A. FUNK Jester Turney, a 2015 PREMIER PATRONS Inductee, served as MO ANDERSON masters of ceremonies THE CHICKASAW NATION for the 96th annual CITIZEN POTAWATOMI NATION | CHAIRMAN JOHN A. “ROCKY” BARRETT Oklahoma Hall of Fame CONTINENTAL RESOURCES Induction Ceremony. LOVE’S TRAVEL STOPS Photo by Creel HERITAGE PATRONS McFarland | KYLE FAMILY FOUNDATION Limerick Studio. SHERRI & BILL LANCE LEGACY PATRONS Creek; Bill Lance, Sulphur; J Mays, Maysville; Madeline AMERICAN FIDELITY FOUNDATION ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Manning Mims, Tulsa; Barry Pollard, Waukomis; and BANCFIRST CHARLES & PEGGY STEPHENSON FAMILY FOUNDATION Mary Golda Ross, Park Hill, inducted posthumously. DIAMOND J FARMS E. L. AND THELMA GAYLORD FOUNDATION Serving as Presenters for in-person inductees were W. FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT GENERAL & MRS. TOMMY FRANKS Roger Webb, Edmond; Gov. Brad Henry, Oklahoma GAMING CAPITAL GROUP INASMUCH FOUNDATION City; Jane Jayroe Gamble, Laverne; Gov. Bill Anoatubby, JAMES C. AND TERESA K. DAY FOUNDATION ROLEN MILLER Ada; Helen Ford Wallace, Oklahoma City; John Jackson, JOE & DARCEY MORAN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT Tulsa; and Todd Lamb, Edmond, respectively. PATSY POLLARD AND FAMILY SOVEREIGN BANK Audiences had a number of options in viewing the SHAREN JESTER TURNEY 2023 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, WHITTEN BURRAGE TRACKMAKER PATRONS including the organization’s Facebook page, YouTube ALLEN FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION AUTRY TECHNOLOGY CENTER channel, and website. OETA aired the induction AVEDIS FOUNDATION BANK OF OKLAHOMA ceremony on November 16th and 17th to its statewide CASE & ASSOCIATES PROPERTIES, INC. COX COMMUNICATIONS audience and COX YurView has multiple airings DILLINGHAM INSURANCE FORVIS LLP scheduled over the coming year. CHIP & SHANNON FUDGE BRIAN GABBARD One thing remains the same, the Oklahoma Hall JOHN D. & VIRGINIA G. GROENDYKE of Fame Induction Ceremony would not be possible HARDESTY FAMILY FOUNDATION IBC BANK without the generosity of many. The Chickasaw Nation INTEGRIS HEALTH JKJ REAL ESTATE & AUCTION and the Choctaw National of Oklahoma served as PEGGY KATES ED KELLER Presenting Sponsors for the 2023 event; Production DR & MRS. CHARLES A. LAWRENCE | MR. & MRS. BRADY MCCULLOUGH | MR. & MRS. DAVID TROJAN | MR. & MRS. MIKE WRIGHT Partners, making a 昀椀ve-year commitment, are The MERCY NORDAM Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, OGE ENERGY CORP. OSU CENTER FOR HEALTH SCIENCES Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Cresap Family Foundation, OU HEALTH OU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER and Express Employment Professionals | Mr. Robert A. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER OKLAHOMA MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION Funk; and Patron Donors at every level, make all we do DR. BARRY & ROXANNE POLLARD RUTH’S CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE 365 days a year possible. SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE THE SIEGFRIED FAMILY TRUST COMPANY OF OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA ACADEMIC AFFAIRS UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA FORENSIC SCIENCE INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA FOUNDATION THE WILLIAM K. WARREN FOUNDATION 17

wight Adams’ Oklahoma Rene’ Robison, his girlfriend Droots run deep. His paternal since junior high. After earning family settled in Carter County his undergraduate and graduate and his mother is a Seminole degrees from UCO and Illinois native. The family made their State University respectively, home in Edmond when Adams’ Adams completed the Ph.D. father transferred to the metro program at the University of PHO for work, the same year Adams Oklahoma and prepared for an T O entered kindergarten. academic appointment. Instead, he B Y CREEL Active in school activities and landed a job at 7-11. M Boy Scouts, he looked forward to Exploring alternate careers CF 昀椀shing weekends at the Ardmore to bene昀椀t from his doctoral ARLAND family farm with his grandfather. It degree, he was accepted as a | LIMERICK was during his senior year he visited FBI Special Agent. After his Washington, D.C., unaware of the swearing in, he spent four months S role the city would play in his life. training in Quantico, Virginia TUDIO While at the University of before assignments in Memphis, . Central Oklahoma he married Tennessee and, ultimately, back to Washington. At the newly-created DWIGHT ADAMS DNA Research Team he was the EDMOND only agent quali昀椀ed to perform DNA analysis of evidence and became the 昀椀rst to testify on such in a criminal proceeding. An expert witness in more than 130 trials, including New York City’s Central Park jogger attacks, Adams showed the power of DNA to identify the perpetrators and exonerate the innocent. Promoted to Senior Executive Service, he led mass grave excavations in Kosovo and Mexico, directed scientists and agents during the anthrax investigations, was part of the strong FBI presence at the crime scenes following 9/11, and led personnel to Israel to discuss law enforcement’s approach to post- blast events. Adams received the highest citation bestowed on a W. Roger Webb, left, presented Dwight Adams for induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO. 18

federal a government employee— the Presidential Rank Award—and gave President George W. Bush a tour of the largest crime lab in the world at Quantico. After 23 years of service, Adams retired from the FBI and the Dwight E. Adams Forensic Science Research Award was created in his honor. With a vision to create a world-class program in forensic science education at UCO, Adams was recruited to return home to implement the Forensic Science Institute. For the next 17 years Adams invested in the next generation and was honored to celebrate the 昀椀rst graduates of the most highly respected institute for forensic science in the United States. “You know,” Adams said, “I can talk a lot about the accolades that have been thrown my way—in terms of the e昀昀orts I have been a part of in the FBI or the e昀昀orts I was a part of here in the Forensic Science Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma. Those are all very special to me, but my family is what makes me the most proud. And when I say proud, I think the better word is thankful, thankful for them and their love.” With wife Rene’, he is the father of Lindsey and Matthew. The family grew with the addition of daughter Rayleigh Sun and has continued to grow with daughter- in-law Bayleigh, son-in-law David, and grandchildren Elim and Ariel. 19

ohn A. Barrett, Jr., known with just a few words, she said Jas “Rocky,” was born and ‘I think you ought to go out raised in Shawnee. He was one there and 昀椀x that.’ The tribe was of two local delegates selected in some kind of disagreement during his senior year for the over nothing, and she said PHO three-week United Nations’ ‘I think you ought to go out T O B Youth Pilgrimage and pursued there and 昀椀x that,’ and I said Y CREEL higher education at Oklahoma ‘Grandma I am one of 26 of M City University. my 昀椀rst cousins.’ My mother CF ARLAND Following in the footsteps was one of 9 kids so we had a of those before him, Barrett big, big family. And I said, ‘I’ve | LIMERICK was compelled to serve others, been involved with the tribe “As the eighth generation a long time, and I have more S TUDIO of my family to be Tribal or less done my duty’, and she . Chairman, I remember when didn’t say anything, and so I my grandmother, Grandmother kept pressing, and she didn’t say JOHN A. “ROCKY” Peltier was 4'11", a little round anything, so I ran for office. So lady, and she could say more by that’s really kind of how BARRETT, JR. saying nothing than anybody it happened.” SHAWNEE I ever knew. And she one day, Winning the tribal election, at the time of his swearing in the Nation had $550 in assets and owned less than three acres of land. Barrett went to work for his fellow members. With the support of his family and fellow leaders, today the Nation has more than $800-million in assets and boasts an economic impact of over $550-miilion. In his tenth term in o昀케ce, Barrett has guided the Nation through tremendous growth while honoring the traditions of his people. His insightful philosophy and deep compassion make him Chairman John A. “Rocky” Barrett, right, was presented for induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame by Gov. Brad Henry. PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO. 20

the longest-serving chairman in the Nation’s history. The purchase of First Oklahoma Bank, now Sovereign Bank, opened the door to tremendous economic growth, including the creation of Iron Horse Industrial Park for businesses importing, warehousing, manufacturing, and assembling imported goods, while the joint resolution with the City of Shawnee ensured partnership on projects for the good of the shared communities—a small sampling of the actions to strengthen the Nation and, as a result, those it serves. Whether welcoming the newest member of the Nation, providing a safe place for the children of working parents, or imparting words of wisdom and encouragement on its graduating seniors, Barrett is investing in the next generation. He is committed to practicing and passing on the traditions of his people, taking great pride in the customs and origins. Through the establishment of the Citizen Pottawatomi Nation Heritage Center, the rich history of the tribe will be preserved. Barrett is the proud father of two sons—Josh and Jack. 21

udith A. James grew up junior year that she was selected Jon the family wheat farm as a Fleming Scholar at the outside of Pond Creek in Oklahoma Medical Research northcentral Oklahoma. A Foundation. Little did she know 昀椀fth-generation Oklahoman, she then the role OMRF would knew from an early age that she play later. James graduated OBU wanted to be a doctor. Engaged summa cum laude with honors. in a range of extracurricular Accepted at the University of PHO activities, James was an Oklahoma College of Medicine, T accomplished organist and pianist she became the 昀椀rst to complete O B Y in elementary school, a member the MD-PhD program, CREEL of 4-H, including induction to graduating with a medical degree M CF the 4-H Grant County Junior and PhD in Microbiology and ARLAND Hall of Fame, and cheered on the Immunology. Panthers at sporting events. While James remained on the | LIMERICK Following graduation from Health Sciences Center faculty, S Pond Creek-Hunter High she started her independent TUDIO School, James enrolled at research lab at OMRF. Blazing . Oklahoma Baptist University. It a trail from the start, early in was the summer following her her career she was presented the JUDITH A. JAMES Presidential Early Career Award POND CREEK for Scientists and Engineers—the only scientist from an Oklahoma institution to receive the award. She secured the single-largest National Institutes of Health grant ever awarded in Oklahoma, led through her Health Sciences Center position, for her forging of 29 statewide entities as the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources. In its third renewal, the economic impact exceeds $300-million. For this and other e昀昀orts, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine—the only woman ever from an Oklahoma institution and the only current Oklahoman. Worldwide James presents Oklahoma-based research to provide for a greater under- standing of autoimmune diseases, Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Jane Jayroe Gamble, left, presented Judith James for induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO. 22

the foundation of her career, and, with colleagues, led the 昀椀rst-ever lupus prevention trial funded by the NIH. James recognizes that her childhood interests have had a signi昀椀cant impact on her career. “I am a pianist and an organist. I began taking lessons at a young age. My mother played the piano in the church and I would go sit at the church piano after she would play, maybe at age 4 or 5 and started taking lessons at 5 or 6, and was really, really passionate about piano. And I think piano and math skills go hand-in- hand and those math skills go hand-in-hand with science. I also see music as a creative outlet, and that creative outlet in many ways helps us to think about the creative part of science, which is how do you ask new questions and how do you make those new discoveries that are going to improve patients’ lives.” James and Glen Wood were married in Pond Creek in 1994. Just a few years later they welcomed Becca. The family of three makes time to travel—a favorite pastime. From the Grand Canyon to Riding the Ducks in Branson and Disney World, the memories made are treasured. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Becca is blazing her own trail as a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. 23

fifth-generation Health, Lance was instrumental A Oklahoman and member in securing the funding and of the Chickasaw Nation, overseeing construction of the Bill G. Lance, Jr. grew up in new Chickasaw Nation Medical Sulphur—the community he Center in Ada. PHO still calls home. He is known Lance recalled, “I had a T for his sound character, business great conversation with the O B Y acumen, and a strong sense of Governor about the Joint Venture CREEL purpose—delivering sustainable Construction Program, it’s a M CF bene昀椀ts to the Chickasaw people competitive grant through Indian ARLAND and the broader community. Health Services, and described | A standout football player, to him that if we could get the LIMERICK Lance was named District Player agency to amend their policy S of the Year and to the All-Region to allow an in-patient facility to TUDIO team before graduating and apply and compete for that grant, . earning his bachelors degree at I felt like we had a great chance East Central University. With of winning that grant because BILL LANCE a masters degree in Public of our team and the need in SULPHUR Health from the University of our community, especially our Oklahoma’s College of Public Native American population. We started working Congress and IHS [Indian Health Service] amended those rules to allow an in-patient hospital to apply to that construction program—the 昀椀rst time they had ever amended those rules . . . ever.” The state- of-the art, 370,000-square-foot health facility opened in August of 2010 and has been serving the community since. Lance was the longest- serving Secretary of Commerce in Chickasaw Nation history, managing more than 60-tribal- owned entities, and served as administrator of the tribal health system before being named the Nation’s 昀椀rst Secretary of State in 2022. Lance has seen 昀椀rsthand how gaming, entertainment, and hospitality have transformed tribal economies, resulting in a Bill Lance, right, was presented for induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame by Gov. Bill Anoatubby. PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO. 24

substantial positive impact on and investment in education, healthcare, housing, and cultural revitalization. Under his leadership the Nation’s annual net income has more than tripled and over 7,000 jobs have been created through gaming, hospitality, retail, media, manufacturing, and tourism- related businesses. Lance not only represents the Nation on community and corporate boards, but lends his talent to regional, statewide, and charitable causes as well. His list of honors and awards is lengthy and includes the East Central University Distinguished Alumnus Award, being named a Global Achievement Honoree by Sister Cities Oklahoma City International, and induction to Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business’ Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIV. From childhood friendships to those most recent, Lance is grateful for the relationships he has been entrusted with. With wife Sherri by his side, he is a proud husband, father, and grandfather. Lance loves to teach his grandchildren about their Chickasaw heritage and history, imparting to them the importance of maintaining strong ties with their ancestors. 25

Mays was born and raised the kindergartener who spent J in Maysville. His fascination hours drawing cars has had one with the automobile grew from of the most, if not the most, watching cars pass his father’s successful careers in the history auto parts store. While in high of automotive design. school, he regularly took his His unique intuitiveness to Datsun 240-Z drag racing in understand the connection we Ardmore. But design proved have with our cars has resulted more interesting to Mays in the creation and reinvention than speed. of the most iconic models in PHO He enrolled at the University automobile history. The new T of Oklahoma before transferring Beetle, the result of Mays’ O B Y to the Art Center College of Concept One, remains one of CREEL Design in Pasadena, California, the most popular cars on the M CF earning a degree in transportation road today. From the Aston ARLAND design. Upon graduation he Martin DB9 and the Audi TT to | already had caught the attention the Ford F-150 and Mustang, the LIMERICK of German automaker Audi. creations of Mays are recognized S For more than four decades and applauded for their design, TUDIO technology, and function. And . it’s not just the cars on the road, J MAYS when Pixar Studios was shopping designs during the productions MAYSVILLE of Cars and Zootopia, they consulted Mays. Mays has used his success as a platform to ensure automobile designers are viewed in the same fashion as those that shape buildings and furniture. He has been featured in the most respected industry publications and was the subject of a major exhibit at the Museum of Helen Ford Wallace, left, presented J Mays for induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO. 26

Contemporary Art in Los Angeles—the 昀椀rst of its kind. Making his home in Great Britain, Mays’ achievements have been the subject of BBC productions and specials, among countless others. “I’ve still got projects in the 昀椀re, so I am on advisory boards, various, one of them being Meyers Manx, a dune buggy company out in California, so I am out to see them two or three times a year. I am still working on animated 昀椀lms that I can’t really talk about, but really enjoy that kind of work because it allows my fantasy to run a little bit wilder than it did in the automotive industry. So those are things that keep me busy. And I also think I am starting to get to the point, I enjoy teaching and giving back to the next generation so I am a tutor at the Royal College of Art here in London and I go and teach automotive design there a couple of times a month.” He is the proud husband to his wife Carrie and father to his son Morgan, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Loyala Law School. 27

he youngest child of Cecil, Sr. Who believes in me? I know my Tand Queen Manning, coach that started with me, that Madeline Manning Mims was is here with me, my coach from diagnosed with spinal meningitis college, I know they believe in at the age of three. Her parents me, but they don’t know the were told she would not survive, outcome. I know what I think I PHO but Mims had records to set and can do, you know, I’ve been the T ceilings to break. best in the world for the last two O B In high school, she scored years. I don’t know exactly how Y CREEL higher than anyone her age on this is going to turn out. I said M the national 昀椀tness test. While to the lord, ‘you know, from here CF ARLAND at Tennessee State University, on out I’m running for Jesus, during the height of political I’m running for you Lord. And, | LIMERICK unrest and racial tensions, however this turns out, to you be S Mims made the 1968 Olympic the Glory.’ And I felt this peace TUDIO team. In Mexico City, after the just 昀氀ood my body, and I was just . opening ceremonies and before relaxed and ready to go.” MADELINE MANNING MIMS the competition, she recalled, “I Mims became the 昀椀rst started thinking, what am I going American woman to win Gold TULSA to do? How is this going to turn in the 800 meter—a record she out? I started questioning myself. would hold for more than 50 years—and the 昀椀rst American woman to break the two-minute barrier in the 800. She also set Olympic, World, and American records and she’s been “running for Jesus ever since.” Her TSU Tigerbelle teammates were witness to Mims’ opening the global door for women of color in distance running. She earned Silver in the 4 x 400 relay at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Germany, where she was awakened in the night by the Munich Massacre. She participated in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, and quali昀椀ed as a member of the 1980 Olympic Team. With the United States’ boycott of the John Jackson, left, presented Madeline Manning Mims for induction to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO. 28

games in Moscow, Mims had competed in her last Olympics. However, she has played an integral role in the games that followed as chaplain to the U. S. Team. With an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, Masters of Divinity, and Doctorate of Ministry from Oral Roberts University, combined with the deep relationship with her Lord and Savior and the need for sharing His Word with others, Mims founded the United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy. She has shared the Gospel with athletes around the world. In addition to serving as a sports commentator for NBC Sports, she has played an integral role with Athletes International Ministries—reaching active and retired professional athletes, college athletes, coaches, and other athletic a昀케liates. She has worked with heads of state and dignitaries from throughout the world. Her honors include induction to the Black Women’s Sports, Olympic, and Oklahoma Jazz hall of fames, the President and Mrs. George Bush Community Impact Award, and she is featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mims is the proud mother of daughter Lana and son John. She and her husband Roderick make their home in Tulsa. 29

arry Pollard grew up in Bthe rural community of Hennessey. The oldest of six, Pollard was active in 4-H and regularly helped his father work cattle on the family farm. His parents were educators, father Russell, an OSU alum, was an agriculture teacher and mother Patsy taught elementary school. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he PHO was a member of Farm House T O B Fraternity, he went on to earn Y CREEL a medical degree from the M University of Oklahoma College CF ARLAND of Medicine. With o昀昀ers to join multiple neurosurgery practices | LIMERICK in Oklahoma City, Pollard knew he wanted to live, work, S TUDIO farm, and raise his family in a . smaller community and became BARRY POLLARD the 昀椀rst neurosurgeon in Enid. For more than 40 years he WAUKOMIS provided specialized healthcare to the residents of northwest Oklahoma. In 1985, Pollard purchased his 昀椀rst John Deere dealership. With a deep understanding of and appreciation for reliable farm equipment, today he owns 29 dealerships in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Iowa and employs more than 800 men and women. In 1992, Pollard met and married Roxanne King. A former neurosurgical nurse, she worked alongside Pollard early in his career. The couple make their home on Pollard Farm in rural Waukomis, where Pollard raises Registered Angus Cattle and serves on the American Angus Association Board of Directors. Pollard believes in the impact of 4-H and FFA and continues to invest in the next generation. “I remember from my childhood Barry Pollard, right, was presented for induction that whenever we would have to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame by Todd Lamb. a premium sale, where the kids PHOTO BY CREEL MCFARLAND | LIMERICK STUDIO. would show their animals, if 30

the animals are good enough they would get to go through a sale, you’d do a premium. You weren’t giving up your animal, you were getting a reward for your hard work. People in the communities, the bankers, the co-op people, people in the businesses in the communities, they would come—still do to this day and support the kids and give premiums to them. I remember being the recipient of that, and Merrill Burruss of King昀椀sher Bank gave me the 昀椀rst premium, I remember still, at the King昀椀sher County Fair. But you know, those are important things for those kids. It is expensive to take care of the animals, buy the feed, and take care of them. To be able to get something back to buy the next animal or take care of the next animal is an important part of that. So the businesses that support those activities are providing an opportunity for our youth to continue to do things to develop them into the kind of people that are responsible, that will care for animals, that will care for each other, and all those things you learn doing so. I’ve been a big part of 4-H, FFA, at P&K we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars through the years on premium sales for kids in Oklahoma and in Iowa.” Pollard also is a staunched supporter of his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, including making higher education possible for students interested in agriculture. He is a member of the OSU Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame. With wife Roxanne, they have a blended family of six children and 11 grandchildren. 31

orn to William Wallace engineer in the State of California. BRoss, Jr. and Mary In 1950, Mary Golda Ross Henrietta Moore Ross, Mary became Lockheed’s 昀椀rst woman Golda Ross is the great-great engineer and her career sky granddaughter of Principal Chief rocketed . . . literally. She was John Ross of the Cherokee one of 40 engineers, and the Nation. The second of the 昀椀ve only woman, in Lockheed’s top Ross children—Curtis, Mary, secret Skunk Works program; Billie, Charles, and Robert— her mathematical and practical she was raised in Park Hill engineering skills were essential surrounded by family. as the company entered the space She graduated from Tahlequah and missile age; the conceptual High School at the age of 16 stages of the Discoverer space before earning three years later system were in a strong position her degree in Mathematics from because of her knowledge Northeastern State Teachers of space-based hardware; she College. While still taking classes contributed pioneering analyses she began teaching science and for the Mars and Venus 昀氀y-by mathematics, 昀椀rst at White Oak, missions; and assisted NASA then Osage, and 昀椀nally Barnsdall. in preparing its most notable During the summers she began Planetary Flight Handbook. taking graduate courses at Her career played out MARY GOLDA ROSS Colorado State Teachers College, on the pages of Lockheed’s PARK HILL enjoying every astronomy class internal publications, including o昀昀ered, and went to work for advertising distributed the Bureau of Indian A昀昀airs in worldwide, and in newspapers Washington, D.C. before relocating across the United States. She to New Mexico to become the had a following, people of all girls’ advisor at a school for Pueblo ages wanted to learn more and Navajo children. about her professional career In 1938 she graduated and the personal journey that with her master’s degree in led her to the pinnacle of a mathematics. At the urging of male-dominated 昀椀eld. She even her father she applied and was appeared on the popular “What’s hired as a mathematical research My Line” television show. assistant at Lockheed Aircraft She was named “Space Corporation. With the United Woman of the Year”; received the States entering World War II, coveted Phoebe Apperson Hearst she played an integral role in Gold Medallion Award; the correcting a design 昀氀aw in the P-38 Contributions to Engineering Lightning before becoming a and Scienti昀椀c Community registered mechanical professional Award presented by the Society 3232

of Manufacturing Engineers; and was inducted to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, among countless other awards and honors. She was one of the 昀椀rst names added to the Honor Wall overlooking the Potomac at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. To the ceremony she wore a Cherokee Tear Dress, the o昀케cial tribal dress for women of the Cherokee Nation. Ross’ career was one of dedication and dreams. She held memberships in the industry’s most prestigious organizations and believed it her duty to be an inspiration for others. Ross lived in Los Altos, California. With an apricot tree in her backyard, she picked, dried, and sulphur-roasted the fruit. For years family members received them as Christmas gifts from “Aunt Gold.” She was an avid painter and enjoyed celebrating milestones with family and friends. Ross passed away just shy of her 100th birthday. In re昀氀ecting on her journey, she once said “ I started with a 昀椀rm foundation . . . and some qualities that came down from my Indian heritage. I had a great deal of curiosity, interest, willingness to study, to do research, and to learn, to try out new ideas, and, most of all, to work.” 33 35

OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME MEMBER SPOTLIGHT INEZ SCOTT LUNSFORD SILBERG passion for music was instilled in Inez Scott A Lunsford Silberg during her childhood years in Paris, Texas. Her father Robert Jenkins Scott, a businessman in real estate and construction, and her mother Margaret Inez Mitchell Scott fostered creativity at home. Her mother was a talented seamstress, her brother played horn, one sister played violin, and the other played piano. It was studying with her older sister, 10 years her senior, that Silberg found a thirst for learning music and languages. Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg portrait by photographer Ramon Grif昀椀n. May 20, 1965. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. BY MATTIE BARLOW 34

At the urging of a friend, Silberg began to concentrate on voice study. Some of her 昀椀rst lessons were in Kansas City with Mrs. D. C. Smith, who had been an assistant to Madam Valeri of Rome. Silberg studied with Smith from 1928 to 1931. Silberg performed as a soprano symphony soloist for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in 1930, the MacDowell Club Orchestra located in Boston, Massachusetts in 1932, and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in 1931 and again in 1934. Along the way she continued to take voice lessons with different teachers in the performing industry from New York, the Royal Academy in London, the Long School of Music in Massachusetts, and the Chicago Musical College. Silberg once stated, “I felt I could never learn enough. I was greedy for knowledge of music and how to use the voice properly.” Her many teachers included Agnes Williams, Rose Stuart, Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg strolls across the yard in front of a home she designed. Photograph Mary Garden, Madam Nellie Gardini, by J. Don Cook. September 9, 1979. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. Belle Cutter Forbes, Madam Emma Roe, and Mathilde Marchesi. Silberg earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Kansas City Conservatory where she studied under Harold Van Duzee. It was during her 昀椀nal year at the conservatory when she began teaching younger voice students, initially believing that teaching was not for her. That same year she suffered a great loss when her husband of only a few years tragically passed away. Dr. William F. Lunsford, originally of Poteau, Oklahoma, was in a car accident when returning to Kansas City after a trip to his hometown. The couple had one child, a son who would later be known as Lt. Col. William Lunsford. Silberg forfeited a performing career for an occupation that would allow her to be home as much as possible. When asked in an interview with Nancy Gibson for The Daily Oklahoman in 1979 if she had ever stopped to consider what kind of performing career she might have had, Silberg stated, “I have always been The piano was the focal point in the Silberg home. It was where Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg very realistic and I knew that singing success worked and it was the magnet for the 昀氀ow of former students dropping by to share their stories were very rare and often very short.” successes. Photograph by J. Don Cook. September 9, 1979. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. 35

Despite her initial aversion to becoming After 昀椀ve years in Stillwater, Silberg a full-time voice teacher, she was moved to Oklahoma City with her second determined to be a success. In 1940, husband Max M. Silberg, an insurance Silberg arrived in Stillwater as Instructor of agent, whom she married on March 10, Voice at Oklahoma State University, known 1943. What began as a part-time job then as Oklahoma A & M. During her developed into full-time work after only early teaching years, Silberg considered one semester. Following a meeting with a herself a very strict, rigid professor. She friend, dean of Oklahoma City University was surprised to encounter students who School of Music Clarence Burg, Silberg were only studying voice at the urging began a decades-long career at OCU of a parent or who otherwise were where she would help build a robust music not interested in pursuing performance department. The university’s 昀椀rst musical professionally. This led her to discovering production took place on April 4, 1930, that she needed to approach every student and the school attracted a growing pool differently, honing in on the very few of talent and audiences over the next people with a craving or desire to perform two decades. It was under Silberg that while also inspiring students who could go in 1951 the department mounted the Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg preparing for a on to become future teachers. 昀椀rst of what would become more than speech, c. 1970s. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall Teaching voice performance at this sixty consecutive seasons of fully-staged of Fame Archives. time was challenging for many reasons. productions. The growth experienced at World War II interrupted the lives of OCU coincided with a surge of investment many students and there were very few in performing arts in cities throughout the opportunities and places to perform in the country, providing more opportunities for United States. “The Midwest, when I 昀椀rst young performers. started teaching, was so barren of art and For a time, Silberg was essentially a the cultures… There was so much need to one-woman training and opera production 昀椀rst get the students’ interest and get them staff. She coached singers, directed to devote time and concentration and performances, and designed stage sets. effort. If they did get to the point where they “We really started out on a shoestring,” had the desire to perform, there were no Silberg said about the early days of OCU places to perform. Nearly everyone had productions. Her dedication to her students to go to Europe.” led to her promotion to chairman of the From left, Carveth Osterhaus, Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg, and Dr. Ray E. Luke, discussing “Ariadne auf Naxos”. 1972. Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg, seated center, enjoys harmonizing with a group of students. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. Photograph by Bob Albright. January 3, 1970. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg was presented with an honorary doctorate in music. December 9, 1979. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. 36

Voice Department and director of Opera Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg could spend hours working at the piano. Photograph by Robert Theater. Silberg had been instrumental in Taylor. July 24, 1970. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives. the creation of the school’s opera theater which provided opportunities for college voice majors to experience the rigorous demands that they would face when they worked professionally post-graduation. Most of the theater productions would be double cast and, in some cases, triple cast because there was no professional opera company in Oklahoma City at the time. The student productions contributed greatly to the cultural life of the city. Somehow Silberg even carved out time to be active in civic, professional, and philanthropic organizations. She helped launch the Civic Music Association in Oklahoma City. Silberg became an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota while a student in 1938 and throughout her career she served in several of昀椀ces, including president and as a chapter advisor at OCU. For her service she was awarded the Sword of Honor and appointed to serve on the National Executive Board, 1971 – 1974. She was also a member of the National Graduate Scholarship Committee. During her career, Silberg was the recipient of many awards and honors. In 1974 the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs and Governor David Hall presented her with the coveted Musician of the Year Award. She was named Woman of the Year Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg, left, and Mrs. Dorsey Buttram, members of the board of Civic Music Association, hold a poster picture of former student and Opera star Leona Mitchell. Photographer Joe Miller. July 14, 1976. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. by Theta Sigma Phi, National Society the National Association of Teachers of Journalists, and awarded Honorary of Singing to serve on the national Membership by the Oklahoma City nominating committee for selection of University chapter of Cardinal Key, new of昀椀cers for 1978-1979. The 昀椀rst Women’s National Honor Society. She Community Service Award presented by was listed in Who’s Who Among Women the Oklahoma City Alumnae Chapter of and World Notables, International Sigma Alpha Iota was bestowed on her Who’s Who in Community Service, and as well as the Rose of Honor and the Ursa numerous others. Silberg was appointed Major Award of Alpha Phi Fraternity at by Bruce Lunkley, national president of their national convention. 37

Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg, left, at the piano directing two students. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives. While Silberg herself had a short-lived performance career, it was as a teacher that she found fame. Silberg was in high demand as an adjudicator, clinician, panelist, and as a coach for opera singers at various opera companies in the United States and Europe. Her students carried her name with them as they appeared in more than 200 major opera houses, concert halls, and with symphonies across the United States, Canada, Europe, and around the world. Former students proudly boasted about her as their teacher and Inez and Max Silberg enjoying a nice day returned for study with her as often as their on the patio. Photograph by J. Don Cook. busy schedules would allow. Her students Inez Scott Lunsford Silberg traveled to New September 9, 1979. Courtesy Oklahoma include Met Opera soprano Leona York City to see former student and Opera star Historical Society. Mitchell, Met and New York City Opera Chris Merritt perform. Summer 1983. Courtesy baritone Stephen Dickson, Met Opera Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives. tenor Chris Merritt, mezzo soprano Sheila Inez Silberg was one of the few Smith and New York City Opera mezzo- Oklahomans that enjoyed an international soprano Gwendolyn Jones. She was also reputation in the teaching of voice. the coach for Miss America 1967, Jane She was instrumental in bringing opera Jayroe, and a number of other pageant productions to Oklahoma City and for contestants. Even today, Silberg’s legacy her contributions to the cultural life of lives on through her students like Larry Keller, the Southwest. Over the years she had a current OCU Associate Professor of Voice. different opportunities to leave OCU and was even sought after by a prestigious northern university which she seriously considered accepting. Silberg stated, “I thought very hard about it, but I’ve been sort of part of the growing up of OCU. My home is here.” Max and Inez Silberg, left, praise the performance of Oklahoma City University tenor Larry Keller who sang in “Placido Domingo”, 昀氀anked by his proud sister Lorrie Keller. May 15, 1984. Courtesy Oklahoma Historical Society. 38

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