W.O. Beeman

2011

W.O. Beeman wrote the book on Oklahoma Christian. His 1970 book, Dream to Reality-The Story of the First Twenty Years, 1950-1970, traced the history of the school through its first two decades.

Beeman was a key part of that early history. He joined the school in 1955 when it was still Bartlesville-based Central Christian College. He helped make the transition to the current campus and served in many key positions, including 10 years as business manager.

In 1965, Beeman was honored for his service to the college with an honorary doctor of laws degree. When he died in 1973 at age 81, Beeman was still serving Oklahoma Christian as director of student loans.

“He had a fine capacity for loyalty and could give himself fully to his work,” wrote Stafford North, who was dean at the time of Beeman’s death. “He was always busy with some good activity, and he was generous with himself and his possessions.”

Just two weeks before his death, Beeman and his wife, Lucille, were honored with the dedication of a flame in the center of the fountain. He was also honored in 1972 with the establishment of the W.O. Beeman Business Student Award.

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