Bio for Richard (Rick) Allan
I graduated from OSU in 1968 with an AS degree in Construction Technology and a BS degree in Technical Education and then took a job with OSU and taught technical mathematics for one year. I applied for and received a NSF foundation scholarship to work on my masterís degree. After completing my masterís degree in Technical Education in 1970, I accepted a job at Northern Oklahoma (Junior) College in Tonkawa Ok. (near Ponca City). I began teaching there in the fall of 1970, and I am currently in my 44th year of teaching at Northern. I have been teaching mathematics for the last 20 years.
At Northern I have held many positions as instructor, division chair, Dean of Career Education, and Director of Campus Construction and have accomplished many endeavors. I first developed a program known as Electro-mechanical Technology. Today the program is known as Process Technology and prepares students for the oil and gas industry. I developed a program in Residential Construction and taught students how to design and build houses. I taught that program for 17 years. The houses the students built are used as rent houses for married students on the NOC campus. In 1976 I was given the task of developing a 42 acre piece of property on Kaw Lake into a recreation area for college students and NOC employees. The property has 2 cabins, a conference center that sleeps 26, 8 RV sites, a swimming dock, a boat ramp, a bath house and a large picnic shelter. I continue to maintain this property today.
As Director of Campus Construction, I have worked with the architects and contractors hired by the college in the design and construction of over $18 million dollars of new buildings and building renovations on NOCís current 3 campuses which include Tonkawa, Enid and Stillwater. Personally, I have also designed and built 6 private homes in Tonkawa, including my own. I have constructed many room and garage additions and remodeled many kitchens and bathrooms for friends and colleagues.
Iím proud of my three daughters-- Ronda, Rebecca, Rachelle, and also my step daughter Tasha, and a step son Tyson. I have been married to my wife Mary for 21 years. Together we have 9 grandchildren ranging in age from 3 Ė 19. My wife is the Instructional Director of Adult Health Programs at Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City. We continue living in Tonkawa.
In 1993 due to an auto immune disorder that destroyed my kidney function, I relied on kidney dialysis until I could be placed on the transplant list. I was on the national kidney transplant list for a total of 36 hours when the hospital called. I was very fortunate to receive a kidney transplant in 1994.
I currently serve As Vice-Mayor of Tonkawa. I am also an avid follower of OSU sports and the St. Louis Cardinals. Mary and I love to travel across the country in our RV visiting as many National Parks as we can. Our favorite vacation state is Colorado. We spend weekends and school breaks camping at Grand Lake, Tenkiller Lake, and Eureka Springs Ark. We have taken two Caribbean cruises and plan on more. In the fall of the year, we like to come back to enjoy the Tulsa State Fair. I have been so blessed over these past 50 years.
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