Brock, John | 2001

  • Birth and Death Year | 1930 - Present
  • Induction Year | 2001
  • Profession | Oilman
  • Oklahoma Connection | Brock was born in Durant, Oklahoma.
  • Hometown | Tulsa

Fun Fact

A special interest of John Brock’s is public art. He was instrumental in installing the Oklahoma Indian ballerina statue on the Williams Center Green in Tulsa to commemorate Oklahoma’s famous Native American ballerinas and the Appeal to “The Great Spirit Statue” in Woodward Park in Tulsa.


“His success story is truly the story of the Oklahoma spirit and of the Western man in modern society. He is living proof that it is still possible for an individual from modest beginnings to be extremely successful as an entrepreneur.” - A. T. Stair, Jr.


Oklahoma native John A. Brock was raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen High School (1948) and the University of Oklahoma (1953). He served in the U.S. Army Artillery in Korea (1953-1955) and began his career in the oil business with Shell Oil Company. He returned to Oklahoma in 1968 to become executive vice president and general manager of LVO Corporation in Tulsa and later became president of Southport Exploration, chairman of Medallion Petroleum, Inc., then as chairman of Brighton Energy, LLC, and president and CEO of Rockford Exploration, Inc. In addition to his success in the energy industry, he is a member of nine petroleum industry associations and serves on the board of directors of a variety of business enterprises. He also created the Tulsa Innovation Center to help establish new businesses in northeast Oklahoma and is a member of Tulsa Angels Investment Group. He established and endowed the Brock International Prize for Education and Brock Symposium for Education in 2001, organized Tulsans for Education Excellence, and established OU’s Brock Chair of Energy Economics and Policy.

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