"Watching her perform exceptionally in some of the most demanding jobs in this country during the past few years made me all the more passionate about her admission into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. We need to recognize the significant contributions and effective leadership of Oklahomans outside of 83-year-olds like me. "
Native Oklahoman William K. “Bill” Warren, Jr., is a 1952 graduate of Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a 1956 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He served for three years in the U.S. Navy before pursuing business interests in oil and gas exploration, production, real estate, a cellular telephone business, and investments in common stock securities.
Mr. Warren has served as chairman of his William K. Warren Foundation and Warren American Oil Company. Continuing his parents’ legacy in supporting Catholic charities and medical interests, the Warren Foundation has subsidized many capital projects for the St. Francis Health System, and the William K. Warren Medical Research Center has provided millions of dollars in funds to aid St. Francis Health Center physicians in conducting research in cardiology, oncology, diabetes, neuroscience, and microbiology.
Mr. Warren has also served on and presided over many boards during his career, including that of the University of Tulsa, OU, OSU, the University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and Duke. He received the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award and was honored by the National Conference for Community Injustice.
At 15, her maternal grandmother drove a wagon for her fiance' in the Run of 1889. At 16, they married and built houses and Indian schools across the Territory, and later, the state. Her paternal grandfather ran a hardware store in Wetumka, where he and his wife helped build the Methodist Church.
Warren was born in Norman, Oklahoma.