Oklahoma Library Legends
Carnegie, Andrew Foundation
Delphian Clubs and Societies
Ferguson, Milton J.
Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)
Frasier, Sally Freeman
Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma
Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)
Friends of Tulsa City-County Library
Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan
Gates, Bill & Melinda Foundation
Hardesty, Roger & Donna
Henke, Esther Mae
Johnson, Edward R.
Lowry, William (Bill)
Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)
Marable, Mary Hays
Martin, Allie Beth
Masters, Anne Rounds
McGlenn, Alma Reid
Morgan, Anne Hodges
Motter, Robert T., Jr.
Motter, Robert T., Sr.
Norberg, Lillian Born
Parker, Mrs. J.C.
Phelps, Edith Allen
Phillips, John & Vicki
Porter, Cora Case
Ratliff, Julia Brady
Ray, Dee Ann
Robbins, Louise S.
Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou
Segal, Bob & Pat
Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)
Townsend, Mrs. Hosea
Troy, Forrest (Frosty)
Wentroth, Mary Ann
Women's Federated Clubs
Women's Clubs of Oklahoma
Zarrow, Henry & Anne
During his 27 years as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City,
Lee oversaw expansion of the system from 6 libraries to 19, and growth of circulation from 1.9 to
over 4 million items per year. He formed the Friends of the Library and the Library Endowment Trust.
Lee’s statewide recognition included the Downtown Now Pioneer Award, the Oklahoma Library
Council Leadership Award, the OLA Distinguished Service Award, the SIRS/OLA Intellectual Freedom
Award, and presidency of OLA. His uncompromising belief in intellectual freedom, First Amendment
rights, and open libraries culminated in his receipt of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award.
As principal of Brawner Associates, LLC, Lee was responsible for the development of libraries throughout
the United States. He was particularly proud of being primary consultant for the Ronald J. Norick
Downtown Library in Oklahoma City, a state-of-the-art facility opened in 2004.
Lee left us in February, 2006, but his legacy continues with the Metropolitan Library System and
its staff, the Oklahoma Library Association, and with library supporters everywhere.