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2009 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class announced

CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: June 5, 2009 at 6:40 pm •  Published: June 5, 2009
p />She has served with the Oklahoma City Junior League, Science Museum Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. She helped found the Juliette Low Leadership Society Luncheon for Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma. She has co-chaired the Allied Arts fund drive. Nichols and her husband, Larry, co-chaired the 2007 United Way fund drive. She is a member of the Oklahoma Heritage Association Board of Directors executive committee.

In addition to her volunteer experience, Nichols served as executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

She serves on the boards of Integris Baptist Medical Center operations, the United Way of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

Lee Roy Selmon

Lee Roy Selmon and his two brothers played defensive end for the University of Oklahoma, most notably during the national championship years of 1975 and 1976. In 1995, he became the first OU player to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Selmon was a National Football Foundation National Scholar and an All-American while he played for OU. He also earned the Vince Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy Award. He also was inducted into the GTE Academic Hall of Fame.

Selmon was the first player selected in the 1976 NFL draft; he was the first ever draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise.

He was selected to Pro-Bowl six times and was named NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. Selman was a finalist for the NFL’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award, given to one player each year for humanitarian service.

After his career in professional football, Selmon worked in the banking industry and then became athletic director for the University of South Florida. The state of Florida named an expressway after him.

Selmon is from Eufaula and earned a degree in special education from OU.

Steven W. Taylor

Steven W. Taylor is vice-chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 1971 and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. After graduation, he spent four years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1977 he became the youngest judge in the U.S. Armed Forces and was promoted to the rank of Major.

In 1982, Taylor became the youngest mayor of McAlester. An industrial park there has been named in his honor.

Taylor is a member of the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame and won the Regents Alumni Award from the University of Oklahoma.

Taylor was a trial judge for more than 20 years and presided over more than 500 jury trials, including the Terry Nichols case after the Oklahoma City bombing.

In 2004, Taylor was appointed to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. He is a vice chairman of the Oklahoma Heritage Association Board of Directors.

Wayman Lawrence Tisdale

Wayman Tisdale was known for his skills as a basketball player and jazz musician.

Tisdale died May 15, a month after he learned he would be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. During his three seasons at the University of Oklahoma, Tisdale averaged 25.6 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was named the Big Eight Conference player of the year and a first-team All-American three times. He was the first freshman to be named a first-team All-American. He has the OU career scoring record with 2,661 points and career rebounding record with 1,048 rebounds.

Tisdale played in the NBA for 12 seasons for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 15.3 points per game.

Tisdale was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won gold in the 1984 games.

Tisdale also was an award-wining jazz musician. Several of his albums broke the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

Tisdale learned he had cancer in February 2007 after breaking his leg. His leg was amputated in August. He formed the Wayman Tisdale Foundation to support cancer patients and amputees.

Tisdale died of cancer at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, his hometown. He was 44.