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May 16, 2014

Thomas McCasland named to OK Hall of Fame

DUNCAN — Thomas McCasland, a native of Duncan who followed his father’s path to enjoy great success in the oil business, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state.

McCasland will be honored at the 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony Nov. 13 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

The announcement was made Thursday by the Oklahoma Heritage Association, a nonprofit organization founded in 1927 that promotes the state’s history.

Joining McCasland in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 will be singer Blake Shelton, actress Alfre Woodard, artist Harold T. Holden, singer Wanda Jackson, Chairman of the Board of the Chickasaw Nation Industries Neal McCaleb and Tulsa philanthropist Peggy Stephenson.

McCasland’s father, oilman T. Howard McCasland, was added into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1975, four years before his death.

Two other Duncan natives  have received the honor. Former United Nations Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, who lived in Duncan until the age of 12, who was inducted in 1982, and Nolen J. Fuqua, a conservationist known for helping organize the National Association of Soil Conservation Districts, was inducted in 1984. Fuqua’s father  was the first mayor of Duncan.

Like his father, Thomas McCasland made his mark in the oil business.

Born and raised in Duncan,   he was an athlete and president of his senior class at Duncan High School, where he was named  Outstanding Senior Boy.

He attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, and was selected Big Man on Campus.

He met his wife Phyllis Hahn at OU, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and the Engineering Honor’s Society, Tau Beta Pi.

He spent two years in the U. S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps before returning to Duncan and the family oil business.

During his 40-year career, he built a nine-rig drilling company, developed several service companies and further developed Mack Energy Co. McCasland operates 600 wells in four states, as well as other private enterprises.

Under his leadership, the next generation developed and built M&M Supply, with 11 stores, and  formed EnerWest Trading Co., an oil purchaser that operates 20 trucks, and AmQuest Bank, which has nine branches.

He has served and led many local and state civic and industry organizations.

Since retirement and moving to Dallas,  he and his wife have worked with and supported arts organizations in Dallas and Fort Worth. He sits on the boards and executive committees of The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Arboretum. McCasland and his wife have two sons, Tom III and Mark, and five grandchildren.

Since its inception in 1927, 662 people have been named to the Hall of Fame.

Their busts and portraits be seen at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. They also are recognized on granite monuments in  Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

To be eligible for the honor, a person must be judged as having performed outstanding service to humanity, the state and the country.

Individuals who have never resided in Oklahoma may be nominated if they have been distinguished in their profession or if their public service has brought honor or distinction to Oklahoma or contributed to the state’s heritage.

Tickets and table sponsorships for the banquet and induction ceremony will go on sale Aug. 29.

 

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