Ford and Lewis to be Honored at OBU Founders Day

A successful Shawnee businessman and a long-time faculty member will highlight Oklahoma Baptist University’s Founders’ Day program on Feb. 1, at 10 a.m., in the university’s Raley Chapel.

Shawnee business pioneer J. Lloyd Ford’s relationship with OBU will be highlighted during the Founders’ Day address by OBU President Mark Brister. Dr. Ron Lewis, OBU professor of music, will be installed as the inaugural holder of the Burton H. Patterson Professorship in Music.

Along with Dr. William L. Ford, current president of Shawnee Milling and grandson of J. Lloyd Ford, Dr. Brister will pay tribute to the founder of Shawnee Milling who was a major contributor to the development of OBU. J. Lloyd Ford served 36 years on the OBU board of trustees, longer than any other trustee in the university’s history. Ford and his wife were the major donors for construction of OBU’s Ford Music Hall.

The Patterson Professorship recognizes the longstanding relationship Dr. Burton Patterson, a 1956 OBU graduate, has had with his alma mater. A charter member and former chair of the National Board of Development, Patterson has been a leader in various OBU capital campaign efforts.

A member of the OBU faculty since 1970, Lewis serves as coordinator of keyboard studies. Most of his teaching centers on piano and piano-related course, but he also coordinates studio accompanying and occasionally teaches a music theory course.

Founders’ Day commemorates the anniversary of OBU’s incorporation in February 1910.