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OU alumnus’ $11 million estate gift to advance OU’s stature as a pacesetter for American higher education

University of Oklahoma President David Boren today announced an $11 million gift to benefit emerging as well as established areas of excellence at the University from the estate of OU alumnus Logan Wickliffe “Wick” Cary Jr. 

“As the nation, state and University of Oklahoma continue to address economic challenges, the generosity of alumni and friends help us advance the progress and new ideas that are the hallmark of great universities and that further strengthen OU’s position as a pacesetter in American public higher education,” Boren said.  “Throughout his life, which included a successful career in the oil and gas business, Mr. Cary remained dedicated to his friends, his home state of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma.  His gift creates a lasting legacy that will benefit many future generations of students.”

Cary was born in Oklahoma City, where he attended Classen High School.  He then went to Yale University, where he received a mechanical engineering degree before earning a master’s degree in geophysics from OU.  He began his career with AMOCO as a geological consultant, working in many cities before being transferred to New Orleans in 1960, when he moved into a new apartment on St. Charles Avenue, where he lived the remainder of his life.  He was loyal to traditions, including OU football and Mardi Gras, and friends, especially his brothers in Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Boren said Cary’s gifts are designated to benefit the interests he expressed in his lifetime and those that will contribute most to the advancement of the University, including geology, and new faculty lines in OU’s International Programs Center, the Institute for America’s Constitutional Heritage, and the Honors College.    

An avid sports fan who was said to always keep an OU football schedule in his shirt pocket, part of Cary’s gift will also be dedicated to Athletics, including an endowment for athletic scholarships in football.

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