Legacy of leadership
Seven named to Tulsa Hall of Fame.
David O. Hogan, Bonnie Klein, Bill Thomas, Sally and Tom Hughes, Dayal T. Meshri, Ph. D. and Bob Thomas.
This month the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum will recognize its 2017 Hall of Fame inductees at a black-tie dinner and induction ceremony. Since the inaugural event in 1987, 184 Tulsans have been named to this distinguished group.
“The Tulsa Hall of Fame members are selected based on their exemplary dedication to their professional, civic and philanthropic endeavors,” says Michelle Place, THS executive director. “These inductees have made Tulsa a better community for all of us.”
David O. Hogan
Born in Vinita, Hogan is a native Oklahoman. The University of Central Oklahoma graduate worked for Arthur Andersen and Co. in its Oklahoma City office before transferring to Tulsa in 1977. In 1981, David started a CPA firm that became Hogan and Slovacek with offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The firm merged with another Tulsa-based firm in 2009, becoming HoganTaylor LLP. The firm now has offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Fayetteville and Little Rock, Arkansas. David continues to be associated with the firm as a senior advisor. He also is a former chairman of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.
Hogan, along with longtime partner June Patton, has tirelessly supported many Tulsa causes. They have served as event chairs for Saint Simeon’s Western Days, the Tulsa YWCA’s Wine, Women and Shoes, and Youth Services of Tulsa’s Blank Canvas.
Hogan has served on advisory councils for the Tulsa Ballet and Resonance, and has supported numerous local charities, including Child Abuse Network, Gatesway Foundation, Tulsa Area United Way, Lindsey House, Susan G. Komen and the Parent Child Center of Tulsa.
Currently, he is the chairman of the One Awards Commission, a program of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.
“Being a 2017 Tulsa Historical Society Hall of Fame inductee is a very special honor, and I am very humbled by the recognition,” Hogan says.
Sally and Tom Hughes
The roots of their family business run deep for Tom and Sally Hughes. Tom’s grandfather opened a hardware store in Cushing in 1901, which evolved into the first Hughes lumberyard in 1923.
Tom joined the business in 1957. Today he is chairman of Hughes Lumber Co., which operates building supply centers in eight Oklahoma towns.
Both born and raised in Oklahoma, he and Sally married in 1961 and moved to Tulsa in 1970. “Tulsa has been an ideal city to raise our family, to headquarter our family business, to develop friends and to be involved in the community,” Sally Hughes says. “Tom and I are honored to be among those who have preceded us in this recognition.”
Along with a successful business, both Tom and Sally have held numerous local leadership roles.
Tom has served as chairman of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, as a member of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission, and as president of the board of trustees of Holland Hall. He is a former chairman of the board of trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa.
At Philbrook Museum of Art, Sally formerly served on the board of trustees and as a docent. She has worked on various committees supporting Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Opera and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. For 15 years, she has mentored Tulsa students at Emerson Elementary School and the now-closed Alcott Elementary School.
Some of Tulsa’s natural and cultural beauty is owed in part to Klein and her late husband, Joe. They moved to Tulsa in 1970 with their four children and instantly knew this was home. “I love Tulsa so much, I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else,” Klein says.
For almost five decades, the Kleins have channeled their love of fine arts and horticulture to enhance the community. Longtime supporters of Up With Trees, they donated 50 trees and a bronze sculpture to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary. They also were instrumental in purchasing the downtown location for the Up With Trees building, which is named in their honor.
Bonnie is a Philbrook Museum of Art board member and a member of the patrons’ council at Gilcrease Museum. She is a longtime patron of Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera and the Tulsa Botanic Garden.
“I have been fortunate to be able to help make Tulsa a better place for all of us to live,” she says. “This reward compliments me for doing what I’ve enjoyed. I’m so honored to accept it; I’m thrilled to death.”
Dayal T. Meshri, Ph. D.
Meshri’s successes in business and academia are the embodiment of the American dream.
Born in British India in 1936, he moved to the U.S. in 1962 to attend Notre Dame, the University of Idaho and Cornell.
In 1987, Meshri founded Advance Research Chemicals Inc. (ARC) with three employees at a warehouse at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
Today, ARC is one of the world’s largest producers of specialty inorganic fluorides in the world.
“I felt very fortunate that I made the right decision to exchange the residence of the country of my birth for the sake of the beautiful city of Tulsa and its great people,’’ Meshri says.
Locally, he has served as a Tulsa Global Alliance board member, as an advisory board member for scientific curriculum at Tulsa Community College and as a member of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Globally, he has served in numerous leadership roles, including as a board member and fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, as president of Global Sindhi Foundation, as technical advisor for the U.S. State Department, and as founder and chairman of the International Society of Indian Chemists and Chemical Engineers.
The Meshri family has consistently supported a multitude of community causes such as Green Country Veterans, the River Parks Authority, the Tulsa Area United Way, the Little Light House, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Innovation Institution, Child Abuse Network, National Pancreas Foundation,
Tulsa Community Foundation and the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.
In memory of his loving wife, Indu Dayal Meshri, Ph. D., he has created an extensive legacy in her name, including the Dr. Indu Dayal Meshri Biotechnology College in Mumbai, India, scholarships at the University of Idaho and Oklahoma State University and the Dr. Indu Dayal Meshri Memorial Park at East 31st Street and South Peoria Avenue.
“I have been a Tulsan for 48 years and never have regretted a day,” he says. “I am proud to be a Tulsan each day and will ... continue to think of how I can make the city of Tulsa a better city by my service and meager means.”
William Thomas and Robert Thomas
Twin brothers Bill Thomas and Bob Thomas co-founded the real estate and investment company Gemini Properties in 1976. The company’s focus evolved toward senior housing in 1989 with the founding of Senior Star.
Through the evolution of their business, the Thomas brothers recognized the importance of learning from previous generations.
Fueled by a passion to end Alzheimer’s disease, Bob served on the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors from 2000-09. He and his wife, Jill, frequently volunteer their time in Washington, D.C., lobbying to increase Alzheimer’s research funding.
He received the Maureen Reagan Outstanding Advocate Award from the National Alzheimer’s Association.
“My life’s work is inspired by individuals who have made a huge impact on our city — civically, philanthropically and in business alike,” Bob says. “The Tulsa Historical Society illuminates those stories, and I’m grateful to be a small part of our city’s progress.”
The Thomas brothers are longtime Tulsa Area United Way board members and chaired the LIFE Senior Services capital campaign that exceeded fundraising records.
Bill has served as chairman of the Tulsa Community Foundation, the American Seniors Housing Association and the Philbrook Museum of Art board of trustees. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Susan.
“The Tulsa Historical Society’s commitment to preserving the past provides aspirational hope to an even brighter future,” Bill says. “By their example, I am happy that anyone and all can play a positive role in our community’s recognition and success.”
31st annual Tulsa Hall of Fame Induction
5:30 p.m., cocktails; 6:30 p.m., dinner. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. $1,000-$10,000, sponsorships. Contact Maggie Jewell, 918-712-9484 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit tulsahistory.org.