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November 8, 2013

Groendyke inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

John D. Groendyke was one of seven Oklahomans inducted Thursday into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a person must:

•  Live in Oklahoma or be a former resident of the state.

• Have performed outstanding service to humanity, the state and the United States.

• Have brought honor or distinction to the state through his or her efforts and contributions.

People who have never lived in Oklahoma may be nominated if they have been distinguished in their profession, or if their public service has brought honor or distinction to Oklahoma or contributed to the state’s heritage, according to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame website.

In addition to Groendyke, members of the 2013 class are: Michael D. Case, Tulsa real estate man and owner of Case & Associates; Gary A. England, Seiling, meteorologist and longtime television weatherman; Timothy C. Headington, Oklahoma City, founder of Headington Resources, an oil and gas company; Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Oklahoma City, chief U.S. district judge; Russell M. Perry, Oklahoma City, president of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting and publisher and editor of The Black Chronicle; and Reggie N. Whitten, Seminole, partner in the Whitten Burrage Law Firm.

Groendyke is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Groendyke Transport, the fifth-largest motor carrier of bulk commodities in the United States.

He received a bachelor of science in business degree from Oklahoma State University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. After serving two years as a captain in the Army, he returned to Enid to join the family trucking operation, which was founded in 1932 by his father, H.C. Groendyke.

He serves on the boards of OG&E Energy, Wentworth Military Academy Foundation and National Tank Truck Carriers. He is serving his sixth term as an Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation commissioner. He is a trustee of the Oklahoma Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and is a member of the board of Grand National Quail Foundation and Grand National Quail Club.

Groendyke could not be reached for comment Friday.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame was created in 1927. Since then, 662 people have been inducted. Names of those inducted, busts and portraits can be seen at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Inductees also are recognized on granite monuments in the Heritage Plaza at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

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