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In Memory of Bill Burgess, Jr., Class IX and David Carmichael, Sr., Class II

Bill Burgess, Jr., Class IX, Lifetime Member and LOK Past Chair, died Friday, February 8, 2019.

Burgess and his brother, Brad W. Burgess, purchased the newspaper in 2012 from Don and Stephen F. Bentley. They later sold it to Southern Newspapers Inc. in 2018.
Burgess is a native of Lawton, the son of the late Sgt. Bill Burgess Sr. and Betty Burgess. Burgess graduated from Cameron University and earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He and his brother were partners in the law firm of Burgess and Hightower.

Burgess was chairman of Vortex Inc., a holding company for real estate developments and technology companies. He also was chairman and principal owner of Techrizon (formerly TELOS-OK), now known as CGI, and he developed it into the largest Oklahoma software engineering company.

He was active in many business organizations, including serving as chairman of Leadership Oklahoma, which honored him as the Distinguished Graduate for its 25th anniversary celebration in 2012. He had been chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable and of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce.

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2008, and he was named Corporate Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Burgess served two nine-year terms on the state Regents for Higher Education, the coordinating board for Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities, and was the youngest state regent in state history.

In 2010 he was name as civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, promoting good relationships between the Army and the public by acting as spokesman for and adviser to the secretary of the Army.

Burgess, an Eagle Scout, has served as president of the Oklahoma Council and is recipient of Scouting’s Silver Beaver award.

He is survived by his children, Bradley Burgess and Beverly Burgess; his grandsons, Blake and Foster; his wife Kimera Carel and her children, Matt Carel and Sarah Yost and granddaughter, Clara; his former spouse, Sylvia Burgess and her husband John Courington and John’s mother Frances Thomsen; his siblings, Brad Burgess wife Karen, Bridget Burgess and Barbie Sheffield and husband W. Blaine; nephews and nieces, Martin Newby, Warren Newby, Christopher Tipps, Corbin Burgess, Taylor Veit, Brantley Sheffield and Braxton Sheffield; and several great nieces and nephews.
His parents and two siblings, Bobby Don Burgess and Becky Kay Burgess, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cameron Foundation or to the OU Foundation.
David Carmichael, Sr., Class II, died on January 16, 2019.

Dave was born May 24, 1939. He departed this life on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 while doing what he loved - playing golf.

Dave was a graduate of Druid Hills High School in Atlanta. He attended several universities, earning a BBA from the University of North Texas and an MBA from Oklahoma City University. He completed a PHD in Adult and Higher Education at the University of Oklahoma in 1994. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dave began a 32- year career with FAA in 1962, starting as an air traffic controller in Miami, Fl. He retired from FAA in 1994 as Deputy Director of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center. While at FAA, he entered a career development program that took him to the Alaskan and Southwest Regions as Personnel Officer. He was Manager of the FAA Logistics Center in Oklahoma City prior to becoming the Deputy Director.

After retiring from FAA, Dave began a career in academia with Oklahoma City University that spanned from 1994 to 2007. He retired as Dean of the Meinders School of Business in 1999 and moved to Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior, a job he loved.

His civic activities included member of the Governor’s Task Force on Aviation Education, Leadership Oklahoma Class II, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, trustee at Hillcrest Health Center, and South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, and the Oklahoma City Business Ethics Consortium.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marge; son Eric and wife Trisha Becker and granddaughter Gabrielle Carmichael of St Louis, MO; and daughter-in-law Trisha Carmichael of Phoenix, AZ. He was predeceased by his son David, Jr.
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