Mike Maples attended the University of Oklahoma from 1960-1964 where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Ordinance Branch. He served a tour of duty in Viet Nam from 1966-1967 where he earned two Bronze Stars. Shortly after leaving the Army he went to work at IBM Corporation, where he became the director for software strategy. After 23 years at IBM he went to work for a little company called Microsoft Corporation where he served as the executive vice president of the Worldwide Products Group and member of the Office of the President, reporting directly to Bill Gates. While at Microsoft he was responsible for all product development and product marketing activities. Together, he has over 40 years experience in the computer industry. He has sat on the Board of Directors of the Information Technology Association of America, and was president of the American Software Association. He was also a member of the board of the University of Washington’s Technology Center and the Board of Advisors for Engineering Coalition of Schools for Excellence in Education and Leadership. After a very distinguished career in business and technology, Mike decided to retire. As a retiree, he serves on the Board of Directors for 9 public corporations and several private companies and non-profit organizations. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the Engineering School at the University of Oklahoma and the College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council at the University of Texas. Mike and his wife, Carolyn, split their time between their home in Austin, Texas and their ranch in Cypress Mill, Texas
Captain John Benien attended OU from 1960 to 1964 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Finance Branch. He was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and an OU football letterman. John graduated from Law School at Tulsa University and became a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1967. Later the next year he was called to active duty and served as a military advisor in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Corps where he earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. On February 13th 1969 in Da Lat South Viet Nam, Lieutenant Benien was caught in an ambush and killed in action. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of captain. In a letter to his widow, the Chief of Staff of the Army, General William Westmoreland wrote, “The priceless gift of life is the noblest one a soldier can make to protect his loved ones at home, and to safeguard the cherished beliefs for which his nation stands. Our strength and security rest on the loyalty and devotion of American soldiers who today safeguard freedom as did American soldiers in earlier times of national peril. You can treasure the thought that for his gift of life, your husband is noble among men who share the blessings of freedom.” Captain John Benien was known as a man of great character, but because his life ended far too early, his family would never witness the contributions he would have most certainly made to his community; however, his sacrifice for his country will never be forgotten among his brothers and sisters commissioned from his alma mater.
John A. Brock was born in 1930 in Durant, OK. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering. He was commissioned as an Artillery officer. John served in Korea from 1953-1955, serving as Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Renaissance and Survey Officer, Battalion Intelligence Officer, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer.
After leaving the Army, John created exploration departments and instituted and supervised exploration programs for four companies. He is a Founder of the University of Oklahoma Sarkey’s energy Center. He endowed the Brock Chair of Energy Economics and Policy a the University of Oklahoma. He created and endowed the Brock International Prize for Education.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Tulsa Hall of Fame, the University of Tulsa College of Business Hall of fame and the recipient of the University of Oklahoma Regents Award.
The Honorable Josh Lee graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1915 earning both a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and a Divinity Degree. Afterwards he attended the University of Oklahoma from 1915 to 1917 earning yet another Bachelors Degree in English. In April 1917, as the student body president, Josh Lee formed the Student Army Training Corps – the recognized forerunner to Army ROTC – two years before President Wilson formally asked for Army ROTC units in September 1919. He enlisted in the Army and served in the 13th Infantry Regiment. In 1934 during the “dustbowl” – one of the most challenging times in Oklahoma’s history he was elected to the 74th Congress from the 5th District and was most active in agricultural legislation. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1936 and served on the Foreign Relations and Military Affairs Committees; was appointed Senate Whip and was a member of the powerful steering committee that formed the bill that would become the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938. He was later appointed by President Franklin Roosevelt to the Civil Aeronautics Board where he served for 13 years and retired in 1956. A master orator, he was known for his ability to capture the attention of audiences nationwide and soon became the highest paid speaker in the United States. Although he never held a pastoral position, he was also an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Church. Josh Lee’s vision at the young age of 25 formed a lasting legacy that has provided the State of Oklahoma and our nation with exceptional leaders for more than 90 years.
Martin Garber, Jr., graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1965. While at OU, Martin was a member of the golf team. He commissioned into the United States Army in 1965, and served two years on Active Duty during the Vietnam Conflict. He separated from the Army with the rank of Captain (Promotable).
Martin is Chairman of Garber Properties and President of Garber & Associates, a consulting firm. He retired as an Executive of Phillips Petroleum CO. after 34 years of service. He operates a family farm in Garfield County, Oklahoma. He is chairman of both G&G Energy LLC and KMM Properties LLC.
Martin is a longtime member of the Board of Regents of Tulsa Community College, chairing the community relations and gift committees. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. He is a past-chairman of the University of Oklahoma Army ROTC Alumni Club.
Martin is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oklahoma State Chamber’s Achievement Award. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oklahoma, and a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, the University of Texas, and Tulsa community College.