Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductees

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Petty Stephenson
Tom McCasland
Neal McCaleb
Alfre Woodard
Blakd Shelton

Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductees

by Shelly Rowan

Seven outstanding Oklahomans will be inducted into the 87th class of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on the evening of Nov. 13 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. These accomplished Oklahomans will join the cast of 662 individuals who have been inducted into the Hall since 1928.

“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor Oklahomans can receive from our state,” said Shannon L. Rich, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees are: Harold T. Holden, Kremlin, to be presented by Chuck Schroeder; Wanda Jackson, Maud, to be presented by Miranda Lambert; Neal McCaleb, Edmond, presenter to be announced; Thomas H. McCasland, Jr., Duncan, to be presented by H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt; Blake Shelton, Ada, to be presented by Larry Large; Peggy Clark Stephenson, Antlers, to be presented by Molly Shi Boren; and Alfre Woodard, Tulsa, to be presented by Pat Connelly. Each inductee personally has selected a family member, friend or colleague to formally present him or her for induction.

Harold Holden
Harold T. Holden, or “H” as he is known to most folks, has been capturing the West in sculptures and paintings for more than 40 years. He credits his dad, who was a horseman, for his love of the West and his grandfather George E. Failing for encouraging his fine arts career. His artistic inspiration has always been the historical and contemporary West.
While his work can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U.S. Postage Stamp, public sculptures have kept him busy the last 20-plus years as he has completed 22 public works of art in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas.
He is a professional member of the National Sculpture Society; a 2001 recipient of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award; and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by Oklahoma State University in 2005. He was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America Organization in 2012.
Representative shows include the Prix de West, Masters of the American West, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cowboy Artists of America “Cowboy Crossings” and Night of Artists show.
Holden’s home and studio is near Kremlin, where he lives with his wife, Edna Mae.

Wanda Jackson
Born in Maud, Wanda Jackson moved to Oklahoma City and attended Crooked Oak and Capitol Hill schools. In her junior year at Capitol Hill High School, her friends dared her to enter a talent contest. Jackson won the contest and her career was launched. While in high school, she performed with Meryl Lindsey and Hank Thompson. It was through Thompson that she received her first contract with Capitol Records.
Jackson recorded her first hit in 1954, has toured 40 different countries, and recorded in three foreign languages. She received a Grammy Award in 1963 for Best Female Country Vocalist. As well as recording more than 300 single records, she has recorded 31 country, rockabilly and gospel albums.
Jackson is the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly, the First Lady of Rock and Roll and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, German Music Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
With a career that spans nearly 60 years, she is a bigger name than ever. Still rolling out for 200 dates a year, Jackson performs on the strength of top-selling album, The Party Ain’t Over, produced by Jack White, while continuing to win new generations of fans.

Neal McCaleb
Neal McCaleb’s career as a civil engineer spans overs 50 years in private practice and public service. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M College and became involved in the design and development of the Interstate Highway System. He then went to work for the Oklahoma City Engineering Department,where he attained the position of Assistant City Engineer, before opening his own consulting engineering firm.
Prior to being elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives,serving from 1974-1983 with 4 years as the Republican floor leader, he developed residential subdivisions in the Oklahoma City area.
McCaleb was appointed the first Secretary of Transportation in 1987and Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) by Gov. Henry Bellmon. In 1995, he again was appointed Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and ODOT during the Keating administration.
In 2001, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Interior by President George W. Bush and was in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In2003, he continued his interest and advocacy of Indian economic development with the Chickasaw Nation as a special advisor to Gov. Bill Anoatubby. An enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Chickasaw Nation Industries.

Thomas H. McCasland
Thomas McCasland was born and raised in Duncan where attended Duncan High School.There McCasland was an athlete, was president of his senior class, and was named Outstanding Senior Boy. He attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, and he was selected as Big Man on Campus and found his wife Phyllis Hahn. While at OU, McCasland was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the Engineering Honor’s Society, Tau Beta Pi.
He spent 2 years in the United States Navy Civil Engineering Corps before returning to Duncan and the family oil business. During McCasland’s 40-year career, he built a nine-rig drilling company, developed several service companies and further developed Mack Energy Company. McCasland currently operates 600 wells in 4 states, as well as other private enterprises. Under his leadership, the next generation developed and built M&M Supply, with 11 stores; formed EnerWest Trading Company, an oil purchaser operating 20 trucks; and AmQuest Bank, with nine branches.
During his career, McCasland served and led many local and state civic and industry organizations. Since retirement and moving to Dallas, TX, he and his wife have worked with and supported Dallas Fort Worth arts organizations. He sits on the boards and executive committees of The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Arboretum. McCasland and his wife have two sons, Tom III and Mark, and five grandchildren.

Blake Shelton
GRAMMY-nominee, Blake Shelton, is CMA Awards’ reigning “Male Vocalist of the Year” for the 4th consecutive year, the 2013 recipient of “Album of the Year” for his current platinum release, Based On a True Story… and is a Coach on NBC’s hit musical-competition series “The Voice.”
Just off the heels of his multi-week No. 1 smash, “Boys ‘Round Here”, the follow-up single “Mine Would Be You” topped the charts for three weeks, making it one of the longest-charting country singles of 2013. The third single “Doin’ What She Likes”, made history with the most consecutive No. 1’s on the country charts marking his 16th No. 1 overall and 11th consecutive, and his current single, “My Eyes,”is Top 20.
Shelton, a Grand Ole Opry member since 2010, has earned a host of other awards and nominations, including three GRAMMY nominations this year. Blake’s passion for country music and his commitment to mentoring his teammates from “The Voice”make him an incredible ambassador for country music. Following the 2013 May tornadoes, Shelton organized a star-studded benefit concert, raising more than $6.5 Million through the “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

Peggy Stephenson
Peggy Clark Stephenson is executive director of the Charles and Peggy Stephenson Family Foundation. The foundation supports community projects, as well as organizations that make a significant difference. These include the Stephenson Research and Technology Center, the Stephenson Life Science Research Center located on The University of Oklahoma’s Research Campus and the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Stephenson makes her time available for volunteer work with her church and various other organizations. She has been honored as chairwoman of “Tulsa Project Woman” and with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Award. Both of the Stephensons have received the National Jewish Medical Research Center Tulsa Humanitarian Award, induction into the Hall of Fame for the College of Engineering at the University of Tulsa and the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Community Service at the Oklahoma College of Medicine. In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Oklahoma and was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame.Born in Antlers, she and her husband, Charlie, began dating while in high school. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in December. They live in Tulsa and have two children, Steve and Cindy, and six grandchildren.

Alfre Woodard
A Tulsa native, Alfre Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmy Awards, 17 Emmy nominations, three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.
Her most recent Emmy nominations were for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias and for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series on HBO’s, True Blood. Woodard’s illustrious body of work includes her Oscar nominated performance in Cross Creek; Mandela; Grand Canyon; Passion Fish; Miss Evers’ Boys, for which she won an Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe awards; Crooklyn; Love and Basketball; The Family That Preys; Down in the Delta; and Twelve Years a Slave in the role of Mistress Harriet Shaw. Woodard’s current work includes Mississippi Grind, New Line’s Annabelle, and TNT’s The Last Ship.
She directed and produced, “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales,” which was named 2010 Audiobook of the Year, and garnered a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Children’s Spoken Word Album.”
In addition to her acting career, she currently serves on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, The Creative Coalition, and is co-founder of “Artists for a New South Africa,” a nonprofit working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and further the cause of Human rights in South Africa.

The Oklahoma Heritage Association was founded in 1927 with the purpose of establishing the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and the high-tech, interactive Gaylord-Pickens Museum was opened in 2007 with the intent of honoring these and other accomplished Oklahomans.

“Our organization is dedicated to telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. Each of the Oklahoma Heritage Association’s programs and the exhibits in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum fulfill that mission,” said Rich.

Along with being honored at the formal induction ceremony, the 2014 inductees will be recognized with the addition of their portraits to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. In addition to the other 662 members of the Hall, their biographies, photos and fun facts will be accessed through touch screen computers in the gallery.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, contact Millie Craddick, executive administrator of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, at 405.523.3203 or mc@oklahomaheritage.com.

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