The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Mr. John E. Kirkpatrick
Owner, Kirkpatrick Oil Company

John E. Kirkpatrick

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A prominent Oklahoma business and civic leader, John E. Kirkpatrick has owned and operated Kirkpatrick Oil Company of Oklahoma City since 1950. He completed his B.S. degree at the U.S. naval Academy in 1931 and spent the next four years at sea in the U.S. Navy. After doing postgraduate work at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Mr. Kirkpatrick founded Allied Steel Products Corporation in 1936, serving as its vice-president and treasurer. Called back to active duty in 1941, he served at sea until the end of World War II. He holds the rank of Rear Admiral (retired), U.S. Naval Reserve.

In 1945, Mr. Kirkpatrick was named vice-president and treasurer of Kirkpatrick & Bale Oil company, which later became Kirkpatrick Oil Company. Mr. Kirkpatrick currently serves as a director of both the Banks of Mid-America and the Liberty National Bank & Trust Company and is a partner in the Kirkpatrick Oil & Gas Company.

A widely known philanthropist and dedicated supporter of numerous civic organizations, Mr. Kirkpatrick was a founder of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and serves as president of the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Center for Science and Arts (Kirkpatrick Center), for which he donated funds in 1977 for construction of the building and has continued to be a major benefactor. He also is life trustee of the Oklahoma Zoological Society and the Oklahoma City Art Museum, a board member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and honorary chairman of the Lyric Theatre.

Among other civic activities, Mr. Kirkpatrick serves as honorary director of the Oklahoma State Fair Association and was instrumental in the development of the nationally recognized Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center at OSU-Oklahoma City. He was a donor for the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Auditorium at Oklahoma City University.

Mr. Kirkpatrick is a member of the prestigious Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Fame. He has received the Oklahoma Petroleum Council's "Outstanding Oklahoma Oil Man" Award and the Petroleum Distinguished Service Award. Honored by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives as an "Outstanding Philanthropist," Mr. Kirkpatrick also was recognized with the Evergreen Distinguished Service Award for Public Service and the Oklahoma City Public School Foundation "Wall of Fame" Award.

Year of Award: 1992