Dan Dillingham

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By Tim Farley

Nichols Hills resident Sandi Meyers was thrilled when she and husband Stewart were able to host a reception for longtime Enid friend Dan Dillingham who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame next month.

“Dan and I are old friends from Enid. I think it’s wonderful he’s being inducted. He is so well qualified to be in there,” Meyers said. “He’s always been a quiet success, an overachiever in a quiet and successful way. He’s admired and adored by so many people in Enid.”

The Meyers hosted the reception Oct. 14 in their home at 1603 Drury Lane. About 70 people attended, with almost half coming from Enid.

Meyers and Dillingham attended Enid High School, although Dillingham was a bit older.

“We were chums at First Presbyterian Church and my family and many of his were dear friends,” she said.

Dillingham was born in Enid where he attended public schools. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor of science degree in finance and economics. After a two-year stint in the military, Dillingham returned to Enid and has been in private business in the insurance, ranching and oil and gas industries.

In 1960, Dillingham married Kay Camp, daughter of the late Happy Camp, who served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 20 years and six years in the U.S. Congress.

Dillingham has taken an active interest in public and private education and nonprofit organizations. He served on Phillips University and Enid Higher Education boards. He was active in the establishment of branch campuses for Northern Oklahoma College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, which serves 1,500 students in Enid.

In 2002, Dillingham was elected to the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank-Kansas City where he served as Building Committee Chairman during construction of a new bank building.

Dillingham and his fellow honorees will be formally inducted at the 89th annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony Thursday, Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City.

The names of the Hall of Fame members, as well as busts and portraits of the individuals, can be seen at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. In addition, the inductees are recognized on granite monuments in the Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

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