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2007 Regents' Alumni Award Honorees

Robert S. Beall

As an OU student, Robert S. Beall was active in Beta Theta Pi fraternity, President’s Leadership Class, Campus Activities Council, was selected to PE-ET Top 10 Senior honor society and honored as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Beall earned his bachelor of business administration degree in accounting in 1979 and has maintained strong ties with his alma mater, serving on nearly every task force or committee in the Michael F. Price College of Business, including as chairman of the Board of Advisers.  He made a major gift to the building campaign for Price Hall and one of the two new, 64-person classrooms in Price Hall is named in his honor.  He also is assisting with the redesign of the college’s Web site and with college branding efforts.  Additionally, Beall serves on the volunteer committee for OU’s $100 million Scholarship Campaign and is a Sooner Heritage Scholarship sponsor.

A former president of the OU Club of Fort Worth, he has helped recruit many students from the Colleyville area to OU.  He and his wife, Shelley, an OU graduate in communication sciences and disorders, recently made a gift in support of a new College of Allied Health building, and a conference room in the building will be named in her honor.

 Beall, of Colleyville, Texas, is president of R.S. Beall Investments Inc.

Nominated by Daniel A. Wren


Arch B. Gilbert

Arch B. Gilbert earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science with honors and distinction in 1955 and his law degree with honors in 1957 from OU.  As a student, he was named to PE-ET and Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Delta Theta.  As a law student, he served on the board of the Oklahoma Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Alpha Delta.

Gilbert, who serves on the volunteer committee for OU’s Scholarship Campaign, and his wife, Jo, an OU alumna, have created a generous Sooner Heritage Scholarships endownment and an endowed professorship of law.  They have contributed to the law library and courtroom addition as well as several other scholarships and professorships in the College of Law.

The Gilberts are members of the Commitment of Fifty for the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center and also have given to other programs in the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Athletics Department.  Additionally, Gilbert is a President’s Associate, a life member of the Alumni Association, and is active in his local Alumni Club.

Gilbert, of Fort Worth, Texas, is president of InterWest Medical Corp.

Nominated by J.P. Audas


Lisa M. Morris

While at OU, Lisa M. Morris, who earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1991, was an R. Boyd Gunning Scholar and a National Achievement Scholar.  She received an electrical engineering scholarship and a Minority Engineering Program Scholarship as well as a GEM Fellowship.  She served as vice president, finance chair and student adviser for the National Society of Black Engineers and was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  In addition, she was a tutor, mentor and student recruiter with the College of Engineering’s Minority Engineering Program.

As campus manager for Raytheon, Morris recruits OU students and works closely with OU’s Career Services and College of Engineering staff and faculty on a variety of activities and events, including resumé and interviewing workshops, career fairs and brown bag lunches.  She is founding member and current chair of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity.

Morris also participates in a campuswide student mentorship program, is a President’s Associate, regularly supports College of Engineering student organizations—including the Society of Women Engineers, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers—and is a member of the OU Club of Dallas and the OU Black Alumni Society.  For several years, Morris also has been a strong advocate of strengthening the relationship between Raytheon and OU to secure research partnerships that benefit OU students and faculty.

Morris, of Plano, Texas, is a senior electrical engineer within Raytheon Co.’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, Dallas.

Nominated by Jill Quintana Hughes.


J. Dean Robertson

J. Dean Robertson, D.D.S., has a long record of significant contributions to OU, including a 14-year career in the College of Dentistry, during which time he served on more than 20 college and Health Sciences Center committees and received two Outstanding Clinical Teacher Awards.  He also has given generously to the college’s major fund-raising organization, the J. Dean Robertson Society, which is named in his honor.

After earning his doctor of dentistry science with honors from the Baylor College of Medicine, Robertson served in the U.S. Army Air Force, achieving the rank of major.  In 1947, he was granted a license making him the first pediatric dentist licensed in Oklahoma.  Professionally, he has served as president of the Southwestern Society of Pedodontists, the Oklahoma County District Dental Society and the Oklahoma State Dental Association and holds membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society.  In 1979, the Oklahoma Dental Association recognized him as the “Man of the Year,” its highest honor.

As he approaches 90, Robertson continues to devote his practice to providing care for the undeserved—his work’s focus since his retirement from dental education in 1987. 

Robertson is in private practice in Oklahoma City.

Nominated by Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S.


Michael S. Samis

Since earning his bachelor of business administration degree in finance from OU in 1977.  Michael S. Samis has invested much of his time, talent and energy working on behalf of the growth and development of the OU College of Medicine and the betterment of health care and medical research for the citizens of Oklahoma in his roles as chairman of the University Hospitals Authority and alter of the University Hospitals Trust.  Samis led the negotiating team on behalf of the state of Oklahoma in structuring the 1998 Joint Operating Agreement for the teaching hospitals in Oklahoma City.  That agreement kept medical education intact on the Oklahoma City campus, preserved the medical center’s ability to provide care to the underserved, and had an important impact on sustaining the OU College of Medicine’s research programs.  This academic medical center hospital system is known today as the OU Medical Center.  Samis serves as chairman of its Governing Committee.

Samis also serves on the boards of the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Presbyterian Health Foundation and Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, is a former member of the OUHSC Board of Visitors and Price College’s National Board of Advisers.  In 1992, he was a treasurer of the campaign for the state question to allow a $250 million bond issue for capital improvements at Oklahoma colleges and universities.

Samis also is active in Oklahoma City community affairs, having served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce; Arts Council; Committee of 100, a civic organization established to support and fund needs of public safety personnel; Casady School, where he received the 2002 Alumni Achievement Award; Oklahoma City Art Museum; and Community Council of Oklahoma City.  He also served as director of the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Samis is chairman of M-D Building Products Inc., Oklahoma City.

Nominated by Dewayne Andrews, M.D.


Dr. Brock E. Schnebel

While a student at OU, including his medical internship and residency, Dr. Brock E. Schnebel belonged to the Alpha Omega Honor Society, received a Lloyd Rader Resident Scholarship Award and was chief resident in the OU College of Medicine.  He graduated from the college with distinction in 1981.

Schnebel has been a leader in medial excellence throughout his career.  At OU, he has given of his talent and time as director of the OU Athletics Team Physician and Medical Training staff and as a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the OU Health Sciences Center.

Outside OU and in addition to his work in the McBride Clinic, Schnebel served as the head team physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2000.  He authored a study on head impact frequency and magnitude between NCAA Division I and high school football players in the journal Neurosurgery.  Honors he has received include the Outstanding Graduate and Recognition Award from the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation and Alumni Association.

Schnebel is an orthopedic surgeon at the McBride Clinic in Oklahoma City.

Nominated by Joe Castiglione


Charles W. Ward

Charles W. Ward, an award-winning Tulsa architect, was among the thousands of veterans who entered college after World War II.  A decorated veteran of both D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V,” the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme, and the Purple Heart with clusters.  Ward entered OU in 1946, where he was active in Phi Delta Theta and studied under legendary architecture professor Bruce Goff.

A 1950 graduate, Ward gained fame for his work on many public projects, including Tulsa’s Central Library, the Tulsa Public School’s Education Service Center and the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas, among other buildings.

He is known locally and by OU alumni and friends for his intricately detailed pen and pencil drawings of many of the most historic and beautiful buildings on the Norman campus.  These prized drawings—two of which hang behind OU President David Boren’s office desk—also have graced the “Fearsome Football Forecast” he produces annually for family and friends and have become gifts and mementos among members of the OU family.

He donated his time and talent to produce the 2002 University of Oklahoma calendar, which brought together some of his past work as well as new drawings that he created especially for the calendar, allowing a much wider circle of alumni and friends to enjoy his creative efforts.

Ward is a President’s Associate and a life member of the Alumni Association, and he has supported scholarships, the College of Architecture, athletics and Reunion Programs.

Nominated by J.P. Audas