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Oklahoma Community Leaders

Hear and learn from the oral histories of community leaders throughout the state of Oklahoma and how their work affected the lives of their fellow citizens.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Ann Bartlett

Ann Bartlett

Former First Lady of Oklahoma

Ann served the state of Oklahoma alongside her husband, Dewey Bartlett.

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David Bernstein

David Bernstein

Community Leader

A life dedicated to the service of those in need has made him a valued community leader.

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Dean VanTrease

Dean VanTrease

Tulsa Community College

Over three decades of leadership at Tulsa Community College brought access to public education and national recognition.

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Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen

Dr. G. Calvin McCutchen

Mount Zion Baptist Church

A leading voice for racial justic and pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church for 50 years.

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Gloria Dialectic

Gloria Dialectic

Gloria Dialectic – Social Worker

She dedicated her career to helping society's most vulnerable citizens.

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J. Blake Wade

J. Blake Wade

Community Leader & Promoter

One of Oklahoma's biggest proponents of celebrating our great state's history and culture.

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Jenny Brouse

Jenny Brouse

Business Owner / Community Leader

From Russian to Tulsa. Jenny and her son, Brian, tell the family's immigration story.

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Jim Rodgers

Jim Rodgers

Founder of Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital, Owner of Cain's Ballroom

A great surgeon, a good father, and a man whose indelible legacy includes revitalizing the legendary Cain's Ballroom and founding one of Oklahoma's most successful physician-owned hospitals.

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Lee Allan Smith

Lee Allan Smith

Community Leader & Promoter

Oklahoma's "Master of Ceremonies."

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Loretta Young Jackson

Loretta Young Jackson

Community Leader

Lorettea holds many honors, but her greatest work lies in the discovery and restoration of the Verden Separate School.

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Nancy Feldman

Nancy Feldman

Educator and Civic Leader

Her legacy will long be remembered in the city of Tulsa.

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Norma Eagleton

Norma Eagleton

Public Official and Lawyer

A pioneering public official and true servant to her community and fellow citizens.

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Paul Thornbrugh

Paul Thornbrugh

Politician and Businessman

Known as "Mr. Republican," Paul was a businessman, patriot, public servant, politician, and -- most proudly -- a family man.

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Ray Feldman

Ray Feldman

Community Leader

A lover of the law and human rights, anthropology, nature, and -- most of all -- his wife Nancy.

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Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

Rev. Dr. John B. Wolf

Unitarian Minister

As a senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, he used his pulpit to promote civil rights for minorities, women, and children.

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Sid Patterson

Sid Patterson

Up With Trees

His legacy lives on in Tulsa's buildings, in its road infrastructure, and in the "Up with Trees" program.

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Tom Clark

Tom Clark

President & CEO, Tulsair

Tom's business skills and successes gave him the opportunity to make a lasting impact in Tulsa.

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