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In Memory of Victor Guarry, Class 31

Victor Guarry, LOK Class 31, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. He was born on July 13, 1962, in Newport News, VA to Roger Guarry and Jeri Whitely.

Victor served as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Commercial Real Estate Lending at Bank of Oklahoma (BOK), overseeing the real estate lending groups in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Kansas City. After graduating from Bethel High School in Hampton, VA, he attended the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, receiving his degree in finance and management information systems. He was very proud to have attended UVA, where he developed many lifelong friends with whom he has remained close.

Although a native Virginian and 1984 graduate of UVA, he was an adopted Oklahoman since first entering the state in 1985, after joining BOK in Tulsa as Assistant Vice President. Prior to BOK, his first position after graduation was with First Union National Bank in Charlotte, NC, where he served as a Commercial Real Estate Lending Officer. In 1985, Victor joined BOK in Tulsa as Assistant Vice President. In 1989, he moved to Newport News, VA, where he was named Vice President for Sovran Bank.

In 1991, he and his bride, Tammy Reese Guarry, found their permanent home at BOK in Oklahoma City. Victor currently served on the Finance Committee for Citizens Caring for Children. He has served on various local nonprofit boards in the past, most notably, the Alzheimer's Association, where he also served two years as President, and more recently, Citizens Caring for Children. He is also a current member and past board member tor the Commercial Real Estate Council. Victor was recently honored to be included in the 2017-2018 Leadership Oklahoma Class 31, an organization with the mission of building a network of influential leaders from around the state to shape Oklahoma's future.


In Memory of Dick Rush, Class I

Dick Rush, LOK Class I, left this world a better place than he found it - after 73 faith-filled years of love, leadership, patriotism, courage and kindness.

Dick was born in Chicago, Ill. to Frederick and Virginia Predmore Rush on April 2, 1945. He graduated from Proviso East High School with three loves: letters in football and wrestling; a "cool guy" reputation as drummer for the Road Runners rock and roll band; and his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Mosetick. They were married in 1965 for 29 years and shared three beautiful children - Jennette, Dawn and Adam.

After graduating with a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University in 1968, Dick enlisted in the US Army. As a SP4, he was awarded a Bronze Star for his Viet Nam artillery skills and leadership during 19 months on Hawk Hill. A passionate patriot, he loved America and all veterans. He enthusiastically greeted his "band of brothers and sisters," with a bold "Welcome Home!" wherever he went.
A 1972 marketing job at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce launched Dick into an extraordinary chamber of commerce career perfectly paired with his passion for free enterprise, prospering communities and growing new jobs to support them. The California Chamber hired him in 1977 to mentor and help local chambers succeed statewide. His groundbreaking Paul Revere program garnered national awards for helping business people communicate with government decisionmakers in effective new ways.

Dick then directed the US Chamber's Dallas Regional Office and legislative advocacy program in six states. It was as the Chamber's advisor/mentor to Zimbabwe National Chamber that he fell fast in love with the promise of international business and small business people worldwide.

As president & CEO of the State Chamber of Oklahoma for 24 years, Dick worked tirelessly to make Oklahoma a better place to live, work, and do business - the best job of his life! Bipartisan, effective and full of integrity, his mantra was: How can we help? Dick's expansive vision to go beyond Oklahoma's borders to places like China and South America brought new opportunities to state companies. He was at the helm when Right-to-Work passed in 2001 and when Oklahoma's Chamber became America's first state chamber in America to earn accreditation for impact and effectiveness.

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