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2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Presenters announced

Presenters will introduce the Oklahoma Hall of Fame winners when they are inducted during a ceremony in November.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 7, 2012

The accomplished Oklahomans who will be inducted into the 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class each have selected a family member, friend or colleague to formally present them at the November banquet and induction ceremony.

The 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame presenters are: Bill W. Burgess Jr., Lawton; Timothy P. Shriver, Washington, D.C.; Hance Dilbeck, Edmond; Judy Kishner, Tulsa; David L. Russell, Oklahoma City; and Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma City.

Bill W. Burgess, Jr. will present Stan Clark for induction into the hall. Burgess is chairman of the board of Vortex, the owner/publisher of the Lawton Constitution and the senior partner of Burgess & Hightower Law Firm. Burgess is chairman and principal owner of the software engineering company Techrizon. The company develops software for technologically advanced warfare, specializing in smart weapon systems for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Burgess, inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2008, is the civilian aide to the secretary of the Army and previously served as chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.

Timothy P. Shriver will present Bart Conner for induction. Shriver is a social leader, educator, activist, film producer and business entrepreneur. As chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, he serves nearly 4 million Special Olympics athletes in 180 countries.

Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Shriver was, and remains, a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. Shriver co-founded and is chairman of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a nonexecutive director of Neogenix Oncology and the WPP Group.

Hance Dilbeck will present Tom L. Ward for induction. Dilbeck has served as senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church since 2003. Before coming to Quail Springs, he served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Ponca City for more than seven years and has been in the pastorate for more than 20 years.

He has been the featured preacher for Falls Creek Youth Camp, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Oklahoma Baptist University, and currently serves as a trustee at his alma mater, Southwestern Seminary, and on the Board of Directors for Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Judy Kishner will present Suzanne Warren for induction. Kishner is manager of the Zarrow Family Office, LLC, president of the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, and trustee of the Zarrow Families Foundation. Kishner is on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Conference for Community & Justice, Saint Francis Health System, and is on the Mental Health Association Advisory Council in Tulsa. She established and was president of Spay Oklahoma, where more than 30,000 animals have been spayed or neutered.

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Banquet and Ceremony

The 85th Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony will be Nov. 15 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center. Tickets go on sale Aug. 31. For more information about the hall of fame, or about making a nomination to the hall, contact Millie Craddick, executive administrator of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, at 523-3203 or For more information about the Oklahoma Heritage Association or Gaylord-Pickens Museum, call 235-4458 or go to

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Additional recognition

The 2012 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees also will be recognized in November with the addition of their portraits to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Their biographies, photos and fun facts will be accessed through touch screen computers in the same gallery.


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