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2005 Regents' Alumni Awards Honorees

Maj. Gen. John H. Admire

Maj. Gen. John H. Admire, of Chesapeake, Va., graduated Phi Beta Kappa from OU in 1964 with a bachelor of arts degree in advertising.  He earned his master of arts degree from OU in journalism in 1965.  In addition, he holds advanced degrees from other universities in military history, international relations, and national security and strategic studies, and received military training in a wide range of subjects, including an officer candidate course at Quantico, Va.  Retired from the Marine Corps in 1998 after 33 years of active duty, Admire served five combat tours as an infantry Marine and received many decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; two Legion of Merit with Combat “V” awards; two Bronze Stars with Combat “V” awards; a Purple Heart; two Defense Meritorious Service Medals; a Meritorious Service Medal; two Combat Action Ribbons; and various personal and unit awards.  In addition to leading military units of all sizes, he has served on multiple executive staffs, as senior military social aide to President and Mrs. Carter and as a commended strategic planner on Gen. Colin Powell’s Pentagon staff.  He also coordinated events at both Camp David and the White House that included such dignitaries as Pope John Paul II.

Nominated by Susie Admire


James K. Anderson

James K. Anderson, of Norman, served as an infantry scout in World War II before entering OU.  Anderson earned his bachelor of science degree in geological engineering in 1949, graduating in three years despite being active in various campus organizations, including Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the track team.  He also was a member of the honor fraternities Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau and Sigma Gamma Epsilon.  Founder, owner, president and CEO of the independent gas and oil exploration and production company James K. Anderson Inc., Anderson helped found the Sarkeys Energy Center and is a charter member of the OU President’s Associates program as well as a member of the executive committee of the alumni advisory council of the School of Geology and Geophysics, College of Engineering Board of Visitors, and chair of the Oklahoma Oil Pioneers Committee.  Anderson served as a board member for the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation, where he is a graduate and a member of the organization’s Hall of Fame.  He also is a College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society inductee.  He is the author of three books, including Tributaries and Rivulets: A Genealogic Review of My Anderson and Kerr Families.

Nominated by W. Arthur Porter


Dr. Edward N. Brandt Jr.

Dr. Edward N. Brandt Jr., of Oklahoma City, earned his bachelor of science degree in 1954, followed by a medical degree in 1960 and a doctoral degree in biostatistics in 1963, all from OU.  He has served OU in many capacities over the past 50 years, including resident physician; faculty member at the College of Medicine and College of Public Health; associate dean of the College of Medicine; associate director of the MEDICAL CENTER; executive dean of the College of Medicine; and director of the Center for Health Policy.  Before retiring as Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Brandt led the successful drive to establish the Stewart Wolf M.D. Chair in Medicine and was a major contributor to the establishment of the OU Center for Health Policy.  He remains an OU President’s Associate and continues to teach and advise as a volunteer.  Outside the academic arena, Brandt was appointed by President Reagan to serve as assistant secretary of health for the United States overseeing the development of many critical health policies.  He served as the U.S. surgeon general for almost one year and was the American representative to the executive board of the World Health Organization from 1982 until 1984.  He has been an active member of some 160 major health committees, task forces and boards, including the National Library of Medicine; governing council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; Medical Schools Section of the American Medical Association; the Oklahoma State Medical Association Council on State Legislation and Regulation; and the state Trauma Advisory Board.  Brandt has received more than 80 noteworthy awards and honors.  An endowed scholarship was named in his honor at the OU Health Sciences Center upon his retirement, and this spring he was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences as a distinguished alumnus.  In addition, the National Leadership Coalition for AIDS established the Edward R. Brandt Jr. Award in 1989; the U.S. Department of Defense recognized him with the Distinguished Public Service Award, its highest departmental honor, in 1987; and the NIH Office of Research in Women’s Health recognized him with the 2000 Visionary in Women’s Health Award.  He was selected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as a lifetime national associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

Nominated by M. Dewayne Andrews


L. Thomas Dulaney Jr.

L. Thomas Dulaney Jr., of Oklahoma City, graduated from Kemper Military School and attended OU for three years, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Lambda Epsilon fraternities.  He then joined the Army Reserve and assumed responsibility for the family business, Dulaneys Inc., a wholesale appliance distributor, and founded Best Video Inc.  He currently is a general partner in Luther T. Dulaney Co., which deals primarily in real estate and investments.  A member of Leadership Oklahoma and World Presidents Organization, Dulaney has been active in the business community, serving on the State Fair of Oklahoma Board, and as a member of the Better Business Bureau of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.  Currently, he is president of the Touchdown Club of Oklahoma and the Nichols Hills Crime Prevention Committee.  He served on the board of directors of the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation for 30 years.  A supporter of all aspects of the OU community, Dulaney is a founding and lifetime member of the OU President’s Associates.  He also has served as chair for Arts! Arts! Arts!; partnered with the university to beautify the campus, including providing landscaping at the Phi Gamma Delta house; was a member of the Director’s Athletics Council; and was a major contributor to the Bud Wilkinson practice field project and the Pride of Oklahoma Uniform and Endowment Campaign, a fund-raising drive for new band uniforms.  In the community at large, Dulaney also has given his time, energy and support to a wide range of organizations, from the Red Cross and Salvation Army to Boy Scouts of America and YMCA, but has been especially prominent in his support for the Downtown Rotary Club, including serving as president in 1972.  He also has been very supportive of area arts organizations, serving as chair of the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.  He is a founding member of the Phaythopen Charity Auctions, a fund raiser for the Allied Arts Drive, and the Pops concert series with the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra.  In 1998, he was selected as King of the Beaux Arts Ball, a benefit for the Oklahoma Museum of Art, and in 2004, he was recognized by Rotary Club with the Service Above Self award, one of 19 recipients in the club’s 95-year history.

Nominated by the President’s Office


Timothy C. Headington

Timothy C. Headington, of Dallas, is president and CEO of Headington Oil Co., founder of the Headington Institute, which provides psychological and spiritual support for humanitarian aid and disaster relief personnel worldwide, and an honorary OU President’s Associate.  A former member of the OU tennis team, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1972.  He continues to support the university’s Athletics Department in a variety of ways, including membership on the athletics director’s executive advisory council and the 2002 leadership gift which established the Headington Family Tennis Center.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mike Modano Foundation, an organization that raises funds to improve the quality of life for under-served and at-risk youth in the Dallas area.

Nominated by Kirby Hocutt


Lou Kerr

Lou Kerr, of Oklahoma City, is CEO and president of the Kerr Foundation as well as a member of numerous OU boards.  Her leadership, strategic planning and fund-raising contributions have resulted in benefits for every area of the university, from capital improvements and academic programs to scholarships and faculty endowments.  A founding member of the Seed Sower Society and the International Women’s Resources Center at the OU Health Sciences Center, she is a Sooner Heritage Scholarship sponsor, member of the World Affairs Council and an OU President’s Associate.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the OU Health Sciences Center, College of Law and OU Press.  Kerr also is active as a member of the Oklahoma Health Center Board, Oklahoma Independent Colleges Foundation and International Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C.; a trustee of the National Public Radio Foundation, National Symphony Orchestra and Oklahoma School for Science and Math Foundation, and vice president of the Global Family Foundation.  In 2004, she was honored with the Byliner Award, presented by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication.  She has been the recipient of many other awards, including the 2003 Leading Lights Award presented by the International Women’s Forum, the Oklahoma Arts Council Governor’s Arts Award and the Woman of Distinction Award.

Nominated by Suzanne Greenfield


Joseph R. Nevins

Joseph R. Nevins, of Chapel Hill, N.C., is the Barbara Levine University Professor of Breast Cancer Genomics at Duke University Medical Center and recently was named to the Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Having begun his career by earning a bachelor of science degree from OU in 1970 and a master of science degree in 1972, Nevins now holds several prestigious positions, including Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator; chair of the Basic Science Correlative Studies Committee, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group; and director of both the Duke Viral Oncology Training Program and the Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Nevins has almost 200 publications to his credit and serves as editor, editor in chief or on the editorial board of such publications as Cell Growth and Differntiation, Virology, Molecular and Cell Biology and Journal of Virology.  A member of the American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Cancer Research and Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs, Nevins serves as an adviser on numerous committees, including the NSF Biochemistry Study Section, American Cancer Society Scientific Advisory Committee on Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis, Albert Einstein Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson Cancer Center.

Nominated by Chris Purcell


Mary Jane Noble

A member of a pioneer Oklahoma family, Mary Jane Noble, of Ardmore, earned her bachelor of science degree from OU in 1946 and was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters in 1995.  She has served the university community in numerous capacities, including as a member of the Board of Regents and the OU Alumni Association board of directors, as a trustee of the OU Foundation and as an OU Presidents Associate.  During her tenure with the Board of Regents, the university acquired the Schusterman Center, home for all OU-Tulsa programs, and formulated a complete campus development plan, including some $700 million in OU construction projects.  A member of numerous other boards of directors and organizations, including the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Goddard Art Center of Ardmore, Scott and White Hospital and Clinci in Temple, Texas, and Father Martins Ashley Treatment Center in Havre de Grace, Md., Noble has been recognized for her commitment to OU and the world community.  In 1995, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.  In 1998, she, along with other members of the Lloyd Noble family, was honored with the Clara Boothe Luce Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Heritage Foundation for commitment to family, work, neighborhood, freedom and peace.  She was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 1999.

Nominated by Dave Maloney