Wall of Fame

November 18, 2019

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools will induct new members into the Wall of Fame on Nov. 18 at the 35th annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Awards dinner. The 2019 class will join 84 other alumni who have been inducted since the Wall of Fame was created in 1985.

Over the past 35 years, the Wall of Fame has celebrated the long, rich history of Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). It includes some of the city’s and nation’s most influential business, community and artistic leaders. The awards event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. on November 18 at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City.

To sponsor or buy a ticket to the Wall of Fame event, please contact debby@okckids.com.

2019 Honorees

John L. Belt
Classen High School

                 

John L. Belt, a Classen High School graduate, inspirational philanthropist and visionary of arts and community will be recognized posthumously. He leaves behind a rich legacy, having played a key role in the formation and development of 40 local nonprofits and revitalization of the Paseo Arts District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and home to many studios, galleries, retail shops, restaurants and theater.

At the time of his death, he was serving as Secretary and General Counsel to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Advisory Director of City Arts Center and Trustee of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund – just to name a few. He had a unique and diverse background, including serving in the U.S. Army and touring with the United Service Organizations (USO).

He was President of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, Governor of the Oklahoma Bar Association and appointed by the Supreme Court of Oklahoma as Interim Judge to the Intermediate Court of Appeals. He was also an accomplished singer and actor.

 

Dr. Neal Lane
Southeast Junior High and High School

Dr. Neal Lane is a Southeast High School graduate and is regarded as a distinguished scientist and educator. He is a Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus and the Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus at Rice University.

Lane served in the federal government during the Bill Clinton administration as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was also Director of the National Science Foundation and member (ex officio) of the National Science Board.


Dr. Pamela McCauley
Emerson Alternative School and Douglass High School

Dr. Pamela McCauley, a Douglass High School graduate, is an internationally recognized industrial engineering researcher in the development of fuzzy set theory based mathematical models, human engineering, biomechanics and engineering leadership. She is also an acclaimed keynote speaker, a dedicated Professor and the Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida.

She is presently serving as the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program Director. She previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

W. DeVier Pierson
Lincoln Elementary, Webster Junior High and Classen High School

W. DeVier Pierson is a Classen High School graduate and leading civil trial and appellate lawyer who once served as counsel to President Lyndon B. Johnson and played a vital role in the completion of the Great Society, the social revolution and unrest of the 1960s and the tribulations of the Vietnam War. He also participated in the election of President John F. Kennedy and was in Dallas when President Kennedy was tragically assassinated.

He previously served as lead counsel in the Tulsa jury trial of Occidental v. Chevron, where the judgement for his client was settled for $775 million – the largest award in Oklahoma history. Described as a “Washington power lawyer,” this native Oklahoman and University of Oklahoma graduate has spent the past 40 years of his legal career in Washington, D.C.

2019 Wall of Fame Sponsors 

Diamond Sponsors — $10,000

  • AT&T Oklahoma
  • EDGE Productions
  • Cliff & Leslie Hudson
  • Inasmuch Foundation/First National Bank of Oklahoma
  • Percy & Becky Kirk
  • KOCO-TV
  • MidFirst Bank
  • The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
  • SONIC, America's Drive In
  • Dick & Glenna Tanenbaum

Platinum Sponsors — $5,000 

  • American Fidelity Foundation
  • Donna & Les Brown
  • Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores
  • Stride Bank, N.A.

Gold Sponsors — $3,500

  • Arvest Bank
  • Joy Reed Belt
  • Cox Communications
  • Hudson College of Public Health
  • IBC Bank
  • Metro Technology Centers
  • OGE Energy Corp.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Potts Family
  • Susan & Steve Raybourn
  • Claudia San Pedro
  • Jodi & Ed Sanchez
  • The Center for Education Law
  • Thurman V. & Eileen White

Silver Sponsors — $1,500 

  • B.C. Clark Jewelers
  • Compellier
  • Crowe & Dunlevy
  • Dan & Sarah Hogan
  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • HoganTaylor LLP
  • INTEGRIS
  • Joy & Bob LaBar
  • KOCO-TV
  • Lynne & Pete White
  • MassMutual Oklahoma
  • The Chickasaw Nation
  • Tim & Liz McLaughlin
  • Wheeler Community Foundation

Bronze Sponsors — $500

  • ADG, PC
  • The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City
  • Mr. & Mrs. G.T. Blankenship
  • Andrew M. Coats
  • Valerie & Joe Couch
  • Jim Daniel
  • Judge & Mrs. Timothy D. DeGiusti
  • Rand & Jeanette Elliott
  • Kay & Richard Floyd
  • Senator Kay Floyd
  • Guernsey – Engineers/Architects/Consultants
  • Marian & Phil Horning
  • The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
  • Linda Petree Lambert
  • Elaine & Harrison Levy
  • Midtown Renaissance
  • Linda & Xavier Neira
  • Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Oklahoma City Community College
  • Oklahoma Natural Gas
  • Jeanne Hoffman Smith
  • TAP Architecture
  • The First State Bank
  • Marnie & Clayton Taylor
  • The Shanker Family
  • Joan & Tommy Thompson
  • Judge Ralph G. Thompson
  • Rex K. Travis
  • Trochta's Flowers & Garden Center
  • Subha Varahan
  • University of Central Oklahoma College of Education & Professional Studies
  • Renate & Chuck Wiggin

Through the Years: Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award Honorees

Bob Barry Sr., 2009 Wanda Jackson, 2013
Rick Bayless, 2018 Wallace Johnson, 2004
Skip Bayless, 2008 Commissioner Willa Johnson, 2015
Dr. William Lee Beasley and Sherry L. Beasley, 2017 Lou Kerr, 2001
G.T. Blankenship, 1999 Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick, 1990
Ronald E. Bogle, 2016 John Elson Kirkpatrick, 1990
Dr. Legand L. Burge Jr., 2018 Linda Lambert, 2004
Jo Carol Cameron, 2013 Mona Salyer Lambird, 1996
B.C. Clark, Jr., 1998 James Loftis, 2013
Jim C. Clark, 2010 J.W. Mashburn, 2002
Dr. Benton C. Clark III, 2015 Aubrey McClendon, 2011
Richard H. Clements, 1997 The Honorable Vicki Miles-LaGrange, 2006
Andrew M. Coats, 1998 Bobby R. Murcer, 1994
Edward H. Cook, 2014 Donna Nigh, 1997
Wayne Coyne, 2007 Mayor James H. Norick, 1992
Admiral William J. Crowe, 1987 Madalynne Norick, 1992
Edgar Cruz, 2004 Mayor Ronald J. Norick, 1995
James R. Daniel, 2009 Faye Norton, 2018
The Honorable Timothy D. DeGiusti, 2012 Paul B. Odom, Jr., 2004
Marion Briscoe DeVore, 1988 Russell M. Perry, 2000
L. Thomas Dulaney Jr., 2008 Paula B. Pretlow, 2016
Rand Elliot, 2011 Allie P. Reynolds, 1994
Dr. Robert S. Ellis, 2000 William J. Ross, 2005
Ralph W. Ellison, 1994 Thom Shanker, 2012
Harvey P. Everest, 1985 Jeanne Hoffman Smith, 2000
David G. Fitzgerald, 2014 Lee Allan Smith, 1989
Kris Frankfurt, 2007 Horace Stevenson, 2014
William Frankfurt, 2007 Lela Bennett Sullivan, 2003
Mex Rodman Frates, 1986 Kathy Taylor, 2015
Rodman Frates, 2006 The Honorable Ralph G. Thompson, 2003
Prentice Gautt, 2012 Erik Logan Toppenberg, 2011
Vince Gill, 2001 Christopher C. Turner, 2003
Alan C. Greenberg, 1993 Marylin Jones Upsher, 2006
Rubye Hibler Hall, 2002 Helen Ford Wallace, 2005
V. Burns Hargis, 2002 Larkin Warner, 2011
Edith Gaylor Harper, 1999 Anthony L. Watson, 2010
Joyce Henderson, 2012 Pete White, 2017
Dannie Bea Hightower, 2001 Thurman V. White Jr., 2017
Carolyn Hill, 2008 A. Max Weitzenhoffer, Jr., 2010
Sarah Hogan, 1999 Mason Williams, 2016
J. Clifford Hudson, 2009 Stanton L. Young, 1991
Kirk Humphreys, 2007