On a day traditionally set aside to honor those who invested in OBU in their lifetimes, a special tribute and message will memorialize Dr. R. Alan Day during the annual OBU Founders' Day chapel Wednesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel.
Day, who was 62, died in a motorcycle accident in Edmond, Okla., on Feb. 16. He was the vice chairman of the OBU board of trustees, and he had served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Edmond for 25 years.
A long-time supporter of OBU, Day was scheduled to deliver OBU's 2011 Founders' Day Address on Feb. 9. The event was postponed due to winter weather. He was working with university officials to reschedule the address, which was titled "Christian Higher Education in the 21st Century."
Dr. Stan Norman, provost and executive vice president for campus life, will deliver the message prepared by Day. Norman and Day shared a long friendship with mutual ties to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, will offer remarks in tribute to Day during the service. Jordan's friendship with Day spanned three decades, as they were both students at New Orleans Seminary.
Day served multiple terms on the OBU board of trustees. He was elected to his current four-year term in 2009 and was serving as vice chair of the board during the 2010-11 year. He would have succeeded Dr. Reagan Bradford Sr., current board chair, in the 2011-12 year.
Born in Bogalusa, La., Day had been a pastor since 1968, serving at churches in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor's degree in history and Bible from Louisiana College. He completed M.Div. and Th.D. degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Day served on numerous associational and state committees within the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He was a member of the tellers committee for the 1991 Southern Baptist Convention. He is a former trustee of Southern Baptists' International Mission Board, serving on the IMB mission personnel committee for 1996-98, and as vice chairman of trustees from 1998-2000.
Day and his wife, Alice, were married in 1969. All four of their children attended Oklahoma Baptist University. They are Charis, '93; Cheyne, ex '94; Richard, ex '94; and Aaron, '96.
The Founders' Day service, which celebrates 101 years of involvement with and support from Oklahoma Baptist churches, will include special music, "Saints Bound for Heaven," presented by the University Chorale. Now under the direction of Dr. Brent Ballweg, the Chorale has been OBU's premiere mixed ensemble since it was founded in 1963.