Admire returns to campus
Friday, November 16, 2007
By Alison Roberts
the homecoming week festivities, students, faculty and administration
of Oklahoma Christian University were given the opportunity to honor a
member of the university community for distinguished service in the
On Nov. 8, retired Major General John H. Admire was inducted into the
Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame at a reception held in the university’s
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Admire earned his place in the hall of fame
for service in the United States Marine Corps for 33 years, according
to his official biography. Among his accomplishments are five tours of
duty in Vietnam, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Persian Gulf and Okinawa,
Japan. Admire also worked as the senior military aide to President
Since retiring from active duty, Admire served as the president of a
military academy in North Carolina. Currently he is working with the
military in a civilian capacity developing future weapons and
While in Edmond, Admire was the guest speaker at November’s installment
of “Executive Conversations,” a forum for university leadership to
discuss keys to success. He also spoke to students in a business class
and at chapel.
“He stressed the value of leadership, family and integrity to students,” Oklahoma Christian President Mike O’Neal said.
Admire’s contact with Oklahoma Christian began long before his
presentation last week. In 1960, Admire began his college education at
Oklahoma Christian College prior to transferring to the University of
Oklahoma to pursue a degree in advertising. Within the last year,
Admire contacted O’Neal to reconnect with the campus where he spent two
years of his educational career.
“He contacted me to express thanks for what the school had done for
him,” O’Neal said. “We began to correspond with each other and I asked
him to come to campus.”
Admire also voiced interest in reconnecting with his former speech instructor, Stafford North.
The Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame provided Admire with the
opportunity to return to Oklahoma Christian. For three years Oklahoma
Christian has hosted the hall of fame reception dinner. The university
will become the permanent site of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
once Enterprise Square is reopened.
“We are very glad to have this organization on campus,” O’Neal said.
“They are civic-minded, patriotic and care deeply about the future of