Oklahoma is a state that had been built on gumption and giving by diverse peoples working together to carve out a distinct culture and beautiful environment from a land once considered undesireable. That is our shared history and one buoyed by the tireless work of Oklahomans of all stripes. Oklahoma Magazine has once again scoured the state seeking suggestions of individuals who warrant specific recognition for their efforts on behalf of all residents in 2012. These five Oklahomans well represent the countless state residents who each and every day work toward building stronger communities and a better Oklahoma.


Peggy Dow Helmerich: The Giving Star

A former starlet still shines for causes across Oklahoma.


Tom Jones: Man on a Mission

City Rescue Mission gives hope to the homeless.


Tom McKeon: The Cultivator

The Tulsa Community College president grows success one student at a time.


Chief Gregory Pyle: Pride And Progress

The Choctaw leader has helped guide the Nation’s renaissance.


Mayor Cindy Simon Rosenthal: From Classroom To City Hall

Norman mayor’s public policy expertise has helped guide the city’s progress.

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