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Harold Hamm accepts the Distinguished Community Service Award. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).

Dr. Robert McCaffree and Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree accept the Distinguished Medical Service Awards.


800 medical colleagues, community leaders and friends of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, met at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum,  for the annual Evening of Excellence Dinner honoring three outstanding Oklahomans. Honorees were Harold Hamm, Dean’s Award for Distinguished Community Service, and Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree and Dr. Robert McCaffree, Dean’s Award for Distinguished Medical Service.

Dr. Dewayne Andrews, senior vice president and provost of the College of Medicine, gave the welcome and presided over the awards presentation. OU president David L. Boren gave a short talk and thanked the honorees and guests.

Shelly Lambertz introduced her father, Harold Hamm, and everyone laughed when she teased him about his personal life.

Amy Bankhead was dinner chairman and Nazette Zuhdi Cleaver was vice chairman. Kristen Brown was advisory chairman. On the steering committee were Bankhead, Dr. Donald H. Garrett, Michael Samis, Dr. Russell  Postier and Dr. Andrews.

Committee members were Janie Axton, Marilyn Balyeat, Kathy Bronze, Cindy Crittenden, Janet Daugherty, Janell Flanery, Betsy Gaske, Joan Gilmore, Dina Hammam, Kirk Hammons, Whitney Hooten, Barbara Jett, Andrea Jones, Kelly Krahl, Sandy Meyers, Christina Nihira, Kay Oliver, Lisa Pierce, Suzanne Reynolds, Linda Rodgers, Alix Samara, Leslie Samara, Jeary Seikel, Gayle Semtner, Donna Seres, Deena Sylvester, Leigh Woody and Sarah Yoakam.


OU music students provided music during dinner and the OU Steel Drum Band performed while guests were arriving.

Guests included Christy and Jim Everest, Tricia Everest, Gene Rainbolt, Sharon and Dr. John Bozlis, Stacey Maxon, Jose Freede, Joan Gilmore, Sherry and Dr. Gary Strebel, Christina Nirhira, Gayle Semtner, Barbara Jett, Molly Shi Boren, Kate Stanton, Julie and Dr. Bob Weedn,  Dr. Jason Lees.

The event benefits the OU College of Medicine Research Fund and is given in grants to doctors and researchers on the campus.













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Helen Ford Wallace

Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for... Read more ›