Julian J. Rothbaum: Private Citizen, Public Servant

Julian J. Rothbaum was a life-long friend of Speaker of the House Carl Albert. He attended the University of Oklahoma, served in the Army during World War II, worked for the Federal Housing Administration in Oklahoma, owned a mortgage banking company, and was chairman of the board of Francis Oil and Gas of Tulsa from 1966 until his death in 2003.

Throughout his life, Mr. Rothbaum actively supported education in Oklahoma. He served two terms on the OU Board of Regents and was known for writing hundreds of personal letters of thanks, congratulations, and encouragement to students and faculty members. He received the Distinguished Service Citation in 1974 and an honorary doctorate in 1993. Also a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Mr. Rothbaum was the Special Advisor on Higher Education to Governor David Walters. In 1986 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

The honors that Julian Rothbaum savored the most were not those he received, but those he helped bestow. He established annual student and faculty awards, professorships, and lectures at several schools and universities in honor of Carl Albert, his son Joel Jankowsky, and his wife Irene Rothbaum.

Mr. Rothbaum's life is a model for accepting the responsibilities of citizenship and encouraging others in their endeavors. Mr. Rothbaum believed that widespread education makes broad-based participation in political affairs possible and enhanced the quality of the participation. This commitment drove his efforts to help establish the Carl Albert Center around the Speaker's Congressional papers.

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