The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Mr. Armon H. Bost
Entrepreneur and Civic Leader

Armon H. Bost

Mr. Armon H. Bost

Mr. Armon Henry Bost was born in Alva, Oklahoma, the son of early Oklahoma pioneers. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1933 with a major in economics, and was commissioned an Army second lieutenant upon successful completion of the ROTC program. After eight years in industry, he volunteered for extended active duty in April of 1941. In 1969 he retired as colonel after 37 years of ROTC, reserve and active duty service.

His dedication to civic affairs over the years included service as President and Board member of the Tulsa Boy's Home, dating from 1949, and service with the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, United Fund, OSU Foundation and Oklahoma Historical Society. He was a member of the Tulsa Board of Education for eight years, serving two years as President, and was appointed by the Governor as a charter member of the Oklahoma Commission on Education. He was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Sate University and the A&M Colleges for an eight-year term, and served as its Chairman in 1973-74. During his tenure as a member, he visited and inspected Oklahoma State University projects and personnel in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Thailand, Japan and many other parts of the world at his own expense and time.

Mr. Bost has been generous with his time, talents and resources. His lifetime of service as a citizen soldier speaks to his love of country. His service as a civic leader and his devotion to the improvement of education have served will his community and state. As an industrialist and entrepreneur, he has been an example for private enterprise in the nation and the world. He has served his church with enthusiasm and humility.

Year of Award: 1984