Thursday night the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet at OSU Conoco Phillips Alumni Center on the Oklahoma State University campus.

During the banquet, members honored the Citizen of the Year and inductees to the Hall of Fame.

Calvin J. Anthony grew up in Carney, Oklahoma, and attended OSU on a baseball scholarship. He graduated from the OU School of Pharmacy in 1968, and has owned and operated several pharmacies in the area, including his home base at Tiger Drug. He served as Mayor of Stillwater from 1985 to 1988 and was elected to two terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives where he rose to become Assistant Majority Floor Leader. He went to Washington as CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, where he served several years before returning to Stillwater in 2002.

Calvin’s professional honors include the Hubert Humphrey Award from the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Bowl of Hygeia. Recognizing Calvin and his wife of 35 years, Linda, the University of Oklahoma recently established the Linda H. and Calvin J. Anthony Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy Lecture series.

He was chosen to lead a consortium of English speaking nations to develop international standards of practice for community pharmacies. In 2005, he was tapped to become Chairman of the Board of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, and in 2006 year was named to the OSU Board of Regents.

Over the past year Calvin’s efforts have contributed to Stillwater’s economic growth, including the expansion of several of our major industrial employers and the unprecedented growth of our commercial and service sector. He organized a blue ribbon task force of former mayors and city leaders to investigate sustainable economic development in our city. He provided leadership at the state and federal levels for efforts to improve our system of health care. He was a moderating voice for resolution of challenging local issues, including those related to university expansion and the expansion of MerCruiser’s manufacturing facilities in Stillwater. Through countless meetings and negotiations, often behind the scenes, Calvin’s positive and persuasive leadership style has had an impact. The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize Calvin J. Anthony as its 2006 Citizen of the Year.

Other award recipients at the Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet include Stillwater Hall of Fame 2006 inductees:

Judge Donald L. Worthington has served as District Judge for the 19th Judicial District since 1987. Admitted to the bar in 1950, he practiced law in Stillwater and Cushing until his election as District Judge. Worthington served the U.S. Army in South Pacific during World War II, receiving two battle stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Bronze Star, and once served in the offices of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific. Judge Worthington is known as a fair and outstanding jurist, whose courtroom reputation demands civility and courtesy between attorneys. He was a 2005 recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association Judicial Excellence Award. He is a long-time member of the Chamber of Commerce and Stillwater Industrial Foundation, and a supporter of local and state bar associations and local charitable causes.

B.K. Shaw was a fighter pilot in World War II. Returning to Stillwater after the war, he served as a City Commissioner, Chairman of the Urban Renewal Authority, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Beginning with the acquisition of a small petroleum dealership, he built Shaw’Gulf into a petroleum distribution and marketing success story with operations throughout Oklahoma. He was succeeded in the family business by his son, Rusty Shaw. The company recently combined with another family-owned company in Stillwater to operate a chain of convenience stores under the name of OnCue Marketing. Shaw was a long time advocate of Stillwater Municipal Airport (now Stillwater Regional Airport) and was instrumental in its development.

R.S. Ward and sons Elvin Baker (E.B.) and Upton Baker were inducted into the historical category of the Stillwater Hall of Fame on June 29, 2006.

The Wards were active in Stillwater civic affairs and operated auto dealerships in Stillwater for nearly five decades. In 1924 R.S. Ward and son E.B. Ward purchased the local Chevrolet franchise, which they grew from a two person operation to a successful retail business employing 25, including several family members. At one time Ward Chevrolet had the largest parts department in Oklahoma, shipping parts throughout the state. Following R.S. Ward’s death in 1958, E.B. became President and CEO of the company.

E.B. served as president of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Stillwater Industrial Foundation, Stillwater Lions Club, and the Stillwater Retail Credit Association. An active proponent of better roads, he served on local and state transportation committees and worked to secure improved highways to Stillwater until his death in 1981. Upton Ward purchased the Buick and Pontiac dealership in nearby Perry, which he owned until the 1930s.

He moved to Stillwater where he acquired the Buick and Pontiac agency. Upton Ward held offices in local and national automobile associations, and like his brother, was an advocate of better roads in Oklahoma. He continued to operate the Buick dealership until his death in 1971.

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