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Spring 2020

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Lamar Wallace photo by Bill Torpy

Luke Bryan photo courtesy KP Entertainment
Lamar Wallace photo by Bill Torpy

Luke Bryan photo courtesy KP Entertainment
Scout Salute

Lamar Wallace, the nation’s oldest living Eagle Scout when he died at the age of 107, has made a $50,000 estate gift to establish a scholarship for students in the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business. Wallace was a 1936 OU business alumnus and one of the oldest World War II veterans in Georgia. It’s little surprise that Wallace was known for personally reroofing his garage at the age of 98.

Boomer, Luke!

Country music superstar Luke Bryan might not be Sooner born, but he became part of OU’s Sooners Helping Sooners relief effort for students when he donated $8,000 in April. Bryan – who grew up on a Georgia peanut farm – makes gifts to rural students attending universities near the route of his annual Luke Bryan Farm Tour, which came to Norman last October. Bryan’s gift to Sooners Helping Sooners will be awarded to rural OU students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Mewbourne Monument

A tribute to the history of OU’s Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering is literally set in stone at the Jenkins Avenue entrance of Sarkeys Energy Center. The “Mewbourne Monument,” which was dedicated in conjunction with the college’s centennial celebration, features engraved plaques outlining a narrative history of the school and OU’s pioneering work in energy. Information on Oklahoma’s Anadarko and Arkoma basins also is highlighted, and a timeline of the school’s milestones is carved in bricks leading visitors into the energy center. The college is named in honor of major benefactor and oilman Curtis W. Mewbourne, seen right during the memorial’s dedication.

Fly Away

OU students like those above will benefit from a $54,000 estate gift by the late Joan Cook, a longtime employee of American Airlines and manager of the Admiral’s Club at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Cook’s gift to a fund in memory of her husband, James M. Cook, will provide scholarships for students in the OU School of Aviation. OU has taught aviation since 1947 and trains future pilots, aviation managers and air traffic controllers.