Class of 2022
The 2022 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Honorees are:
- Sue Ann Arnall, Poteau
- Bob Blackburn, Oklahoma City
- Chet Cadieux, Tulsa
- Patty Gasso, Norman
- F. Roger Hardesty, Tulsa
- Joy Harjo, Tulsa
- Pamela McCauley, Oklahoma City
- Leon Russell (posthumous), Tulsa.
The 2022 Class will be formally inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 17 at the Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.
The 2022 Induction Ceremony will include each Honoree’s acceptance remarks, presenters’ remarks, and video biographies. The 2022 Honorees will be recognized with the unveiling of their portraits at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum and their biographies, photos, and videos will be accessible through interactive exhibits in the Museum. In addition, the Inductees are recognized on granite monuments in the Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
Being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is Oklahoma's Highest Honor. Since the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s inception in 1927, 722 accomplished individuals have received this commendation.
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Class of 2022 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Announcement
Sue Ann Arnall | Poteau
Sue Ann Arnall grew up during the cultural revolution of the 60’s and 70’s in Poteau. In her hometown she had the formative experience of witnessing her best friend’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. John Montgomery, establish the LeFlore County NAACP.
After graduating from The University of Tulsa College of Law, she was recruited by the predecessor to Continental Resources to establish and manage the oil and gas marketing departments. There she enjoyed a successful career while raising her two beloved daughters, Jane and Hilary.
Following her departure from the oil and gas industry, Arnall set her focus on a new aim—to level the playing field for marginalized individuals by lowering barriers to social and economic mobility. Informed by her early experiences and with the recognition that not all Oklahomans enjoy the same opportunities, she created the Arnall Family Foundation in 2015.
Since its founding, Arnall has invested more than $350 million, primarily to improve Oklahoma’s foster care system and reduce its unprecedented incarceration rate. To meet the gaps and needs in the current system, she guided the Foundation to create the Diversion Hub, which already has assisted thousands in permanently escaping the criminal legal system to lead productive lives.
Arnall also serves on the Oklahoma County Jail Trust, leading efforts for a new state-of-the-art facility that meets the government’s responsibility for public safety while also providing necessary diversion and rehabilitation services. Ancillary to her work, she strives to educate the public on policies that contribute unjust treatment and trap disenfranchised individuals in a cycle of incarceration.
Bob Blackburn | Oklahoma City
With roots in eastern and western Oklahoma, Bob Blackburn graduated from Southwestern State College with a degree in History before earning his Masters and Doctorate degrees in History from Oklahoma State University. At the time of his graduation from OSU in 1979 he already had published his first of 26 books and discovered the new field of historic preservation. That same year he began a career in public history as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma, the journal of the Oklahoma Historical Society. In 1989 he was named deputy director and a decade later became executive director.
Under his leadership, with a widening circle of mentors, colleagues, and partners, Blackburn developed a new business plan for all Oklahoma Historical Society operations that included a combination of state investment, private donations, and self-supporting sustainability. Among his accomplishments are the Oklahoma History Center, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the Battle of Washita Monument as part of the National Park Service, and the Gateway to Oklahoma History—a rapidly growing digital universe of newspapers, photographs, manuscripts, and documents accessible to everyone at no cost.
Blackburn’s contributions have been honored by the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits, Leadership Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, Putnam City Schools, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, OSU, the Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Higher Education Hall of Fame, among countless others. He is married to educator and former state legislator Debbie Blackburn. Together they have one son, Beau, daughter-in-law Tori, and two grandsons, Bodhi and Waylon. Now retired, Blackburn remains busy writing books, designing museum exhibits, and sharing his encyclopedic knowledge of Oklahoma history.
Chet Cadieux | Tulsa
A second-generation Tulsan, Chester “Chet” Cadieux III is Chairman and CEO of QuikTrip Corporation, a regional gasoline and convenience store operation founded in 1958 by his father, Chester Cadieux II. With annual sales of more than $10 billion, QuikTrip operates 938 stores across 16 states through the efforts of its 23,000 remarkable employees. QuikTrip Corporation is recognized by Forbes as the 34th-largest, privately-held company in the United States.
Cadieux attended Jenks Public Schools from kindergarten through the 12th grade before graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from The University of Tulsa in 1989. He began his full-time career with QuikTrip on the graveyard shift that same year and rose through the ranks to Store Manager, Real Estate Manager, and Vice President of Sales before being named President and CEO in 2002 and Chairman and CEO in 2006. This August he will celebrate 33 years of service with QuikTrip.
Outside of his responsibilities with QuikTrip, Cadieux has served as Chairman of the Tulsa River Parks, The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Tulsa Area United Way, as well as stints on the boards of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), The University of Tulsa, and the Tulsa Community Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sheetz, Inc. of Altoona, Pennsylvania and Bank of Oklahoma N.A. and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, both of Tulsa.
Cadieux is married, has two children, and enjoys auto racing and snow skiing.
Patty Gasso | Norman
In her 28th season at the University of Oklahoma, head coach and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee Patty Gasso has molded the OU softball program into a national powerhouse and permanently placed herself among the elite college softball coaches in the country.
Under her leadership, the Sooners have won five national championships and are one of only three programs in NCAA history to win more than two national titles. She’s led the Sooners to the Women’s College World Series 14 times during her tenure and, in the process, advanced to the postseason in each of her 27 seasons.
With 31 seasons as a head coach to her name, Gasso has a career collegiate coaching record of 1,497-400-3 and holds an overall record of 1,336-341-2 at the University of Oklahoma—both winning percentages at nearly 80%. She has more Big 12 wins, 359, than any coach in the league’s history and has more than twice as many overall wins as any other coach in OU history. The Sooners have claimed fourteen Big 12 regular season titles, including an unprecedented ten straight since 2012, and seven championship titles under her direction. Gasso’s Sooners have finished second or higher 21 different times in the 25 years since the Big 12’s inception. And, the high standards she sets for her athletes is evident in the classroom, with more than 150 earning academic all-conference honors and nine becoming Academic All-Americans.
Gasso makes her home in Norman with her husband Jim and enjoys time with her sons and their families.
F. Roger Hardesty | Tulsa
From Fort Cobb, Roger Hardesty is the founder and president of The Hardesty Company. A diversified real estate developer and builder who began making his mark on Tulsa in 1959, Hardesty began his career in concrete finishing, expanded to single-family homes, followed by multi-family housing units, industrial buildings, commercial retail centers, office buildings, and hotels. With an entrepreneurial spirit he developed, built, leased, and managed more than 30,000 multi-family units in his career, beginning with 19 units in 1964.
Hardesty owned and operated Mid-Continent Concrete, the largest ready-mix concrete operation in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. He also founded and operated over 25 different business ventures including Alliance Transportation, Bizjet International, and the Quarry Landfill.
Inspired by a love of flying, Hardesty founded United States Aviation in 1987. Today, the Hardesty Family owns and operates one of the country's premier independent Fixed Base Operator facilities, worldwide aircraft charter services, and Black Hawk helicopter air crane businesses. As a pilot, Hardesty has logged in excess of 14,000 flight hours with 15 Jet ATP type ratings including the Gulfstream G550, Northrop F-5A and F-5B, and a Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter. He also has performed in selective air shows and television commercials in his Northrop F-5A.
In 2005, Hardesty and his wife Donna established The Hardesty Family Foundation with a focus on Tulsa area nonprofits. He credits his wife, daughters Debbie and Michelle, and grandsons Paul, Alex, and Connor as his greatest inspirations.
Joy Harjo | Tulsa
Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Mvskoke Nation and the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States—the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate in history and only the second poet to be appointed to three terms. Born in Tulsa, she left home to attend high school at the Institute of American Indian Arts and began writing poetry with the University of New Mexico’s Native student organization, the Kiva Club. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts Degree at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry, including American Sunrise, an Oklahoma Book Award winner, and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, which was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize. She has published award-winning children’s books, plays, screenplays, anthologies, and two memoirs. Her first memoir Crazy Brave earned her the PEN USA Literary Award and the American Book Award. Her highly-acclaimed Poet Warrior was released last year.
As a musician and performer, Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums including Winding Through the Milky Way, earning her a NAMMY for Best Female Artist of the Year, and I Pray for My Enemies, her most recent.
Harjo’s honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, and NEA, Tulsa Artist, and Guggenheim fellowships. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and the first artist-in-residence at the new Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa.
Pamela McCauley | Oklahoma City
As a 16-year-old graduate from Oklahoma City’s Douglass High School, Pamela McCauley earned an Associate’s Degree at Rose State College and her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Industrial Engineering at the University of Oklahoma—the first African-American woman in the state of Oklahoma to earn a doctorate degree in engineering.
Her academic career includes faculty appointments at the University of Central Florida, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U. S. Department of State. There she led research to introduce innovation into the HIV & AIDS Healthcare Service delivery process in developing nations. In 2017, she was selected to lead the Innovation Corps as a National Science Foundation Program Director. McCauley’s entrepreneurial endeavors led her to launch two engineering companies and provide support to the Department of Defense, NASA, and private companies throughout the nation. She has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and is a highly sought-after scientific expert.
A globally-recognized voice in human engineering, she is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and an internationally utilized Ergonomics textbook. She has received numerous awards including Technologist of the Year and election as a Fellow in the Institute of Industrial Systems Engineers and the Association for Medical and Biological Engineers. In 2019, she was appointed as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University in Raleigh where she also leads the Women’s Ergonomics Footwear Research Team.
Leon Russell (posthumous honoree) | Tulsa
Born Claude Russell Bridges in Lawton, Leon Russell was an internationally-celebrated American musician and songwriter. With six gold records to his credit, he played an integral role in hundreds of best-selling pop music records over his 60-year career. With unique talent, he mastered all genres, including rock, blues, country, bluegrass, and gospel.
Russell attended Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School and formed the group The Fencemen with a fellow classmate. It was during this time that he took the name “Leon” from the fake ID he used to get into clubs he was legally too young to perform in.
Playing the piano since the age of four, it was after his move to Los Angeles that Russell began working as a pianist on recordings of many notable artists of the 1960s, including Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys. By the end of the decade Russell was an accomplished arranger and songwriter and by 1970 became a solo recording artist.
Russell’s collaborations are recognized as some of the most successful in music history. He recorded 33 albums and more than 430 songs. His “A Song for You”, released in 1970, has been recorded by more than one hundred artists including Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble’ the Carpenters, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Whitney Houston. On his first solo album that same year, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison played backup, among countless other notable artists.
Prior to his death in 2016, Russell was presented for induction by his friend and fellow musician Sir Elton John to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.