The Honorable Carl Albert
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
It is appropriate that The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award be presented to Mr. Carl Albert as an individual who has demonstrated with his heart, mind, and soul those qualities of character which exemplify the life of the man who was his friend and in whose name the award is made.
Oklahoma State University is honored to recognize a man who rose from an obsure beginning in a small town in Oklahoma to the highest elective office in the Congress of the United States--Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mr. Albert's unwavering zeal for learning and his ability to put this learning to good use for the citizenry of the nation have resulted in his forceful and unrelenting support of legislation concerned with science and astronauts, urban renewal and Model Cities projects, and Federal water projects--all of which have been a boon to mankind.
Mr. Albert set his goals early in life, as exemplified by his remarkable record in high school, where he earned the sobriquet "The Little Giant," and continued to merit this friendly accolade through his years as a Rhodes Scholar and as the eloquent Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives.
Year of Award: 1971