Latest hall class includes coaches, composer, artist
Thursday, November 18th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
Two men known for their sports leadership
and a composer whose work includes hits such as "By The Time I Get to Phoenix" and "MacArthur Park" were inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Thursday night.
Football coach Barry Switzer, basketball coach Abe Lemons and composer Jimmy Webb were among the seven members of this year's class. Other inductees were Larry Brummett, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of ONEOK Inc.; Jean Gumerson, a volunteer and health advocate; artist Jay O'Meilia and banking leader H.E. "Gene" Rainbolt.
Switzer coached the Oklahoma Sooners to three national titles and went on to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory. He
has volunteered with the Special Olympics for 25 years. He selected Lee Roy Selmon, a former player who won the Lombardi and Outland trophies, as his presenter.
Lemons coached at Oklahoma City University, the University of Texas and Pan American University. Indiana Coach Bob Knight once
said that Lemons is "one of the best five basketball minds in the history of the game." Lemons selected Don A. Sanders, former owner of the Houston Astros, to present him.
Brummett, a national leader in the natural gas industry, sits on the boards of numerous organizations, including the University of
Oklahoma Board of Regents. He selected U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts as his presenter.
Ms. Gumerson is credited with a major role in the development of the Oklahoma Health Center and has been president of the
Presbyterian Health Foundation since 1989. She has been an active volunteer with leadership positions on the national, state and
local levels since 1965. She selected Theresa A. Havell, president of Havell Capital Management, as her presenter.
Rainbolt is chairman and CEO of Oklahoma City-based BancFirst. He has been a major supporter of the University of Oklahoma and has established a major endowment at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He selected Thomas M. Hoenig, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, as his presenter.
O'Meilia specializes in sports paintings and sculpture. His works include "Night Baseball," "Game of the Century" and "US Open." He selected U.S. District Judge James O. Ellison as his presenter.
Webb is one of the most popular composers of the latter half of the 20th century. Among his most notable works are "By The Time I
Get to Phoenix," which BMI says is the third-most performed song of the past 50 years. He also wrote "Up, Up and Away," "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman." He was the first artist to receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. He selected Michael Douglas as his presenter.