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Admire returns to campus

Friday, November 16, 2007  
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By Alison Roberts

During 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 military.

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 Gaylord Center.

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 Jimmy Carter.

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 communication tools.

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 our country.”

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