FAMILY HISTORY

  • 1908

    John Elson Kirkpatrick born to Dr. E.E. and Claudia Spencer Kirkpatrick, the third of five children, four boys and a daughter. Dr. Kirkpatrick was one of the first registered dentists in Oklahoma Territory, the first chair of the Oklahoma Territory Board of Examiners, and first president and co-founder of the Oklahoma Dental Association.

  • 1909

    Eleanor Blake born to Mack Barkley and Kathryn Talbot Blake, their only child.

    Mr. Blake was an entrepreneur with business interests in wholesale dry goods, clothing manufacture and banking. He founded Liberty National Bank in 1918.

  • 1910

    Dr. Kirkpatrick purchases a log cabin in Green Mountain Falls, Colo., 15 miles up Ute Pass from Colorado Springs.

    John Kirkpatrick and his brothers sold magazines at the train station, delivered telegrams and produced a local newspaper called "The Gurgle" to earn money over the summer.

  • 1933

    John Kirkpatrick, having graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy the prior year, marries Eleanor Blake, herself a recent graduate of Smith College. The couple honeymoons at the Kirkpatrick family cabin in Green Mountain Falls.

  • 1935

    John Kirkpatrick resigns his naval commission, remaining in the Navy Reserves. He completes his master's in business at Harvard and returns to Oklahoma.

  • 1936

    Mack Blake finances John Kirkpatrick and his partners to establish Allied Steel Products, which designed and fabricated steel buildings for the oilfield. John applies his naval engineering education to design products and engines.

  • 1941

    John Kirkpatrick called to active duty in the Pacific. During his WWII service, he received two Bronze Stars. He redesigned and rewrote the training and process for the U.S. Naval Fleet anti-aircraft gunnery stations. Mack Blake oversees John's interests in Allied Steel, selling the company to another operator.

  • 1946

    Mack Blake dies, leaving John Kirkpatrick in charge of the family estate and his interest in Liberty National Bank. John Kirkpatrick leaves active service, again remaining in the Navy Reserves until his retirement in 1956 as rear admiral.

    Eleanor Kirkpatrick establishes the first annual Beaux Arts Ball to raise money to build a suitable facility for the Oklahoma City Art Museum.

  • 1950

    John Kirkpatrick founds Kirkpatrick Oil, a drilling and exploration company. Over the next several years, he establishes a vertically integrated enterprise with businesses in well servicing, pipelines and trucking. Eleanor Kirkpatrick serves as regent for Gunston Hall in Virginia and the Oklahoma president of the National Society of Colonial Dames.

  • 1955

    John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick establish the Kirkpatrick Foundation. The foundation would provide more than $48 million in pivotal support to the facilities and programs, notably including: the Oklahoma City Museum of Art; the Kirkpatrick Center and Omniplex; Ballet Oklahoma; Oklahoma City Zoological Park; Oklahoma City University's Lyric Theatre; and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

  • 1969

    John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick persuade eight fellow business leaders to establish the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, in response to the National Tax Reform Act passed in that year imposing significant restrictions on private foundations.

  • 1994

    The Kirkpatrick Foundation establishes the Kirkpatrick Family Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Combined, the three Kirkpatrick foundations have raised and contributed $237 million to hundreds of Oklahoma City non-profit organizations over five decades.