Mr. E. K. Gaylord
President and Publisher, Oklahoma Publishing Company
It is appropriate that The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award be presented to Mr. Stanley C. Draper, Mr. Edward King Gaylord, and Mr. James Edwin Webb--individuals who have demonstrated with their hearts, minds, and souls those qualities of character which exemplify the life of the man in whose name the award is made.
Mr. Gaylord is a true pioneer of the State of Oklahoma--one who possesses the drive, vision, and determination so indigenous to that of a great leader. As a young man, he established himself in the newspaper publishing field and has contributed mightily to the stature of the industry and of Oklahoma City. Early in life, Mr. Gaylord perceived the value of the mass media of communication and nurtured and improved it, and continues to do so every day of his life. He purchased radio station WKY and later added the dimension of television. Mr. Gaylord continues as President and General Manager of The Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times, two of the state's largest newspapers.
Year of Award: 1973