Keating, Cathy | 2011

  • Birth and Death Year | 1950 - Present
  • Induction Year | 2011
  • Profession | Oklahoma Goodwill Ambassador
  • Oklahoma Connection | A Tulsa native, in 1972 she married fellow Tulsan and future Governor of Oklahoma, Frank Keating.
  • Hometown | Tulsa

Fun Fact

Cathy Keating, as a teenager was crowned "Miss Wool" of Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas by then Lt. Governor George Nigh.


“In our quiet, little sleepy Virginia neighborhood right across the river from Washington, D.C., suddenly this whirlwind, this dynamo came descending on us with Frank in tow. It has never been the same since.” - Sam Donaldson


Cathy Keating is a fourth-generation Oklahoman who has focused much of her life on community service, most prominently while First Lady of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003. After the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, Keating planned and organized the International Prayer Service, then authored In Their Name, which was on the New York Times bestseller list. She also has authored Our Governors Mansions and Ooh La La: Cuisine Presented in a Stately Manner. Keating founded Septemberfest at the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion and the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Her previous board commitments range from Habitat for Humanity International Women’s Build to the National Trust. She continues to give her time to the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, where she co-founded the Annie Oakley Society, the Oklahoma American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., and the Oklahoma City Salvation Army.

Keating currently serves on the Oklahoma City Family Justice Center Board of Directors. She serves as chairman of the National Advisory Board for American Mothers, Inc. and was named National Mother of Achievement by American Mothers, Inc. Keating is also the chairman of the philanthropy of Express Employment Professionals and the Expressions of Hope Foundation. Cathy Keating is the recipient of the 2018 Kirkpatrick-Petree Music and Performing Arts Society Awards by Oklahoma City University.

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