OBU recently presented the 2015 J.M. Carroll Award to Dr. Reagan Bradford. He received the award during OBU's Spring Commencement May 15.
The namesake for this award, Dr. J.M. Carroll, served as the first president of the Baptist University of Oklahoma. OBU presents the award in recognition of outstanding denominational service in the state of Oklahoma.
Bradford is the former director of the Lipid Research Clinic at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. In addition to his work at the OMRF, he served as a special expert for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He also served as the vice president for the American Heart Association as well as on its board of directors. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1953, he earned his master's and doctoral degrees in chemistry from O.U. He then earned his M.D. from the O.U. School of Medicine in 1961.
Bradford's record of service within Southern Baptist life is equally distinguished. He served as a trustee for the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma from 1995-98 and from 2003-06, serving in multiple roles including board chair and board co-vice chair. He served as a member of the board of trustees for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1992 to 2001. He likewise served on OBU's board of trustees from 1986-90 and again from 2008 to 2012, serving as board chair from 2010-12. He continues to serve OBU's board of trustees as an adviser.