Foundation recognizes community contributions with Tower Awards

By: Christian Tabak

Circulation Manager–  

Three recipients were honored with the RSC Foundation’s fifth annual Tower Awards, presented at the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame banquet on Feb. 26.

The recipients are Dr. William G. Bernhardt, retired chief of staff of the Midwest Regional Medical Center, previously the Midwest City Regional Hospital, and his wife Theta Juan Bernhardt; Jim Brown, general manager of the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall and Rose State College’s Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; and the Northrop Grumman Corporation, accepted by Dr. Norm Mejstrik, according to

Cindy Mikeman, executive director of the Foundation, said that the purpose of the Tower Awards is to recognize significant contributions of individuals to RSC, as well as the local and statewide community.

The Foundation chose Bernhardt for his work within Oklahoma’s medical community, particularly in creating affiliations between Midwest Regional Medical Center and several Oklahoma City hospitals.

Mikeman said Brown was selected in recognition of his contributions to RSC and Oklahoma’s artistic community since becoming the manager of CCMH in 1993.

The Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded for funding grants to more than 81 colleges and universities for use in numerous technical programs, and Mejstrik in particular for his central role in fostering good relations with RSC and NGC.


Four alumni were inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in recognition of their accomplishments:

  • Ron Gregory, founder of Air Comfort Solutions, Oklahoma’s largest air and heating company which has served more than 75,000 homes
  • Tim Holt, founder of Holt Athletic Consulting LLC, produced 24 play-off teams during his 29-year athletic coach and teacher career
  • Major Brian Putnam, director of Contracting Operations in the Material Support Contract division at Tinker Air Force Base, for his military career in Afghanistan which earned him several medals and a bronze star
  • Carolyn Stager, the first female director of the Oklahoma Municipal League and member of Oklahoma Society of Association Executives and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce


For more information on the awards or alumni, call the Foundation’s office at 736-0315.









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