James D. “Denny” Bartell graduated from OU in 1954 with a B.S. in geological engineering. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army until 1956. After completing his army commitment, Bartell was employed by Union Oil and Gas Corp. of Louisiana. At Union Oil, Bartell worked as an exploration geologist. He was responsible for coordination of geology and geophysics with land in the gulf coast of Texas area. In 1961, Bartell formed his own exploration firm named Hemingway and Bartell (now Bartell Exploration.) In 1983, he established the first named professorship in petroleum geology at OU.
Larry W. Brummett* graduated from OU with a B.S. in civil engineering in 1974. After graduation, he joined the Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. and worked in Oklahoma City as a staff engineer and operating manager. In 1983, Brummett went back to school and received an M.S. in civil engineering in 1984. After receiving his graduate degree, Brummett was promoted to general manager of operations in Tulsa. In 1986, he was promoted to vice president of the Tulsa District and executive vice president of ONEOK. In June 1994, he became chairman of the board. In his spare time, he served as a director on the following boards: Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa Area United Way and Philbrook Museum of Art.
Stephen P. (Pat) Condon is an executive aerospace consultant, specializing in U.S. government clients and industry clients doing business with, or interested in doing business with the U.S. government. In this capacity, he provides technical assistance in strategic planning, proposal support, organizational issues, marketing, program management, and issues involving science and technology, research and development, acquisitions, testing, and logistics support. Condon served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 33 years, retiring as major general, and is a former commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Condon also commanded the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., and the Air Force Armament Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and also served in the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition in the Pentagon. Condon received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from OU in 1964.
Douglas R. Cummings is chairman of Cummings Oil Co., a family-owned oil and gas exploration and production business established in 1972. Cummings received his B.S. in geological engineering from OU and a ROTC commission in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army Ordinance at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and in the Far East Command in Japan and Korea. In 1955, Cummings was employed by Kirkpatrick, where he worked for 18 years. Cummings is active in the community, serving on the board of directors of ONEOK Inc. and its subsidiary, Oklahoma Natural Gas Co.
William J. Kennedy graduated from OU in 1955 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. While in school, he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Tau, Tau Beta Pi and Pe-et. He also served as vice president of the Engineer’s Club and president of his senior class. He was awarded the Gold Letzeiser Award as Outstanding Senior Man of his class. Kennedy continued his education at Harvard Graduate School, where he received an M.B.A. Prior to founding his own company, Kennedy spent 30 years in public and private companies that designed, manufactured and marketed engineered or proprietary products. Kennedy now serves as president and CEO of Sequoyah Group Inc. in Chicago.
Francis W. Winn* rose to prominence through a simple philosophy: seek out a problem, then develop a practical, beneficial solution. A humble giant among modern-day entrepreneurs, Winn began his career in 1940 and ended the 20th century with a $400 million technology firm. Along the way, Winn demonstrated the renaissance virtues of the classic engineer – designing more efficient sights for military mortars, devising a patented uranium processing plant, discovering 10W40 motor oil and developing a new software language that was faster and required less memory. Winn founded Computer Language Research in 1964 as a processor of individual federal income tax returns and later expanded to include income tax returns for all 50 states.