Worthy distinction

Nine Tulsans are named to the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum’s Hall of Fame.



Former Gov. Frank Keating, Cathy Keating, Len Eaton, Patty Eaton, Felicia Collins Correia

The Tulsa Historical Society and Museum has inducted 175 Tulsans into its Hall of Fame. In the event’s 30th year, it will induct nine community leaders this month.

Each year an anonymous committee, selected by the president of the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum’s board, reviews nominations and makes its selections. Board members then personally visit each honoree to share the news.

“Tulsa Hall of Fame members are selected based on their exemplary dedication to their professions and civic and philanthropic endeavors,” says Michelle Place, executive director for the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum. “They are visionaries who have spent so much of their lives working for others. These inductees have made Tulsa a better community for all of us.” 

 

Lilah and Paul W. Marshall and John W. Marshall

A family bakery became an empire under Paul and Lilah Marshall. In 1937, the couple moved to Tulsa and opened the Bama Pie Co.’s first Tulsa plant, a decade after Paul’s parents started their pie company in Dallas. 

The business-savvy Lilah, considered the matriarch of Bama, helped with office management. No stranger to selling pies door to door, Paul visited
Chicago in the late 1960s to recruit customers. He wound up at McDonald’s corporate headquarters during a board meeting and convinced board members to try his pies. A relationship was born, and Bama Pie went international. Paul went on to write “A Piece of the Pie,” which was published in 1987.

Their son John W. Marshall spent his childhood at Bama Pie. He worked in all areas of the company, from pie making and deliveries to finance and human resources. Along with Paul, John was a salesman and sold products to several companies, becoming the account representative for McDonald’s. 

Paul W. Marshall: Oct. 14, 1914 – Oct. 18, 1994

Lilah Marshall: March 22, 1916 – Oct. 24, 2012

John W. Marshall: Oct. 15, 1936 – Feb. 21, 2011 

 

Cathy and Frank Keating

When then-Tulsans Frank and Cathy Keating served as the governor and first lady of Oklahoma, they left an indelible mark on the state. After the Oklahoma City bombing, the Keatings raised more than $6 million to fund scholarships for children whose parents were killed in the blast. Cathy organized an international prayer service following the bombing and wrote the commemorative book “In Their Name, The Oklahoma City Bombing,” which raised more than $1 million for the victims’ long-term recovery.

Frank served two terms as governor and is now a partner in the international law firm Holland & Knight. He is chairman of the board for the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center and has authored four award-winning children’s books: biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington and Standing Bear.

Cathy’s civic involvement includes nonprofit board memberships. She co-chaired the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command’s capital campaign as well as the Washington, D.C., American Red Cross capital campaign. Cathy now works with Keys to Memory, a program that uses music therapy to help people suffering from memory loss. The couple currently lives in Oklahoma City. 

“The honor (of being named to the Hall of Fame) is so meaningful to both Frank and me as we have grown up in Tulsa, and both our parents (and my grandparents), by example, taught us the importance of being civic minded,” Cathy says. “Plus, it is humbling to join Tulsa’s most illustrious leaders.”

 

Patty and Len Eaton

When Len and Patty Eaton moved to Tulsa in 1972, Patty discovered there wasn’t a bus service to commute downtown. For Patty, this was only the beginning of her service to Tulsa. She was appointed to the Metropolitan Transit Authority board, where her work included expanding bus services and building the first Tulsa bus shelter. 

She also served as the water and sewer commissioner for the Tulsa City Commission for six years and later was appointed Oklahoma’s first secretary of environment and the director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. Patty also has been a board member and volunteer for several nonprofits and political organizations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Len Eaton, owner of World Travel Service, previously served as CEO of Bank of Oklahoma and as director of corporate finance for the NORDAM Group. One of his proudest moments includes the funding and construction of the low-water dam and railroad pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas River when he was chairman of the River Parks Authority. 

Len was a nine-year member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and has served on several boards throughout Tulsa. He is currently a board member of the Morningside Foundation and Tulsa’s Children Coalition. 

“We are happy to have had the luck to move to this dynamic city and to have been able to make some contributions to its growth and viability,” the Eatons say.

 

Felicia Collins Correia

Known as a strong and compelling leader in the nonprofit sector, Felicia Collins Correia served 18 years as executive director for Domestic Violence Intervention Services and at YWCA Tulsa for eight years before launching FCC Consultation and Training, where she helps nonprofit organizations maximize their impact. Some of Correia’s proudest moments include accomplishing systematic change when she worked with the community to ensure the Tulsa Police Department and the District Attorney’s office established a domestic violence unit as well as increasing safety for survivors by bringing the Family Safety Center to Tulsa. One of 15 in the nation at the time, the center helps abuse victims receive access to wrap-around services to safely leave an abusive situation. 

“I dedicated over two decades to making Tulsa a more progressive and inclusive community, but I always maintained the distinction that my home was in New York,” Correia says. “When two of the Historical Society board members showed up at my home … I realized Tulsa is my home and as Tulsa has embraced me, I am embracing Tulsa.”

 

Judge Stephanie Seymour

Judge Stephanie Seymour

Although neither of Stephanie Seymour’s parents had a college degree, her father taught her she could accomplish whatever she set out to do. 

After receiving her undergraduate and law degrees, Seymour moved to Tulsa in 1966 and became a partner in a local firm. In 1979, she became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, an honor bestowed upon her by President Jimmy Carter. Previously, only two women were appointed to a federal court of appeals. 

Seymour served as chief judge for six years. Among her many honors, she became the first woman to receive the Federal Bar Association Sarah T. Hughes Award for her work promoting the advancement of civil and human rights.

“I feel extremely honored and pleased to be nominated for the Tulsa Hall of Fame as part of this special group of people — many of whom I have admired over the years,” Seymour says.

 


Oct. 3 — 30th annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony 

5:30 p.m., reception; 6 p.m., dinner. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. $250. Sponsorships available at www.tulsahistory.org or 918-712-9484. 

 

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