NORMAN – Five Chickasaw citizens will be honored with induction into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame today in a special ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Inclusion to the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed on Chickasaw citizens.
Two honorees will be inducted posthumously.
They are Reford Bond, a longtime tribal attorney, statehood proponent and Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, and Hiawatha Thompson Estes, who is nationally known as a home architect and proponent of providing scholarships for students at his beloved University of Oklahoma.
Three inductees continue to blaze trails globally in business, science and art.
They are Love’s Country Store founder and chief executive officer Tom Love; internationally renowned artist and 2017 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year Brenda Kingery; and Dr. Jonathan Treat, famed oncologist forging new scientific discoveries and techniques to treat and cure cancer patients.
Reford Bond (1877 – 1954)
Reford Bond was born in Johnsonville, Indian Territory, Aug. 10, 1877, to cattleman James Bond and Adelaide (Johnson) Bond. He attended Kemper Military College in Boonville, Missouri; Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia; and Columbian (now George Washington) University in Washington, D.C. He married Jeanette Quigley Ware on Nov. 5, 1902. They had one son, Reford Bond Jr.
Bond became a lawyer in 1899 and was a principal member of the law firm Bond & Melton, which was established in 1900 prior to Oklahoma statehood. He practiced in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. In 1913, Bond was appointed by the Chickasaw Nation as the national attorney, representing the tribe for eight years during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.
In the 1920s, Bond served in numerous government and organizational positions. He was a member of the Commission of Review and Revision of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma, president of the Oklahoma State Election Board and appointed as special justice of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma. He was also appointed as chairman of the Coordinating Board for organizing and unifying higher education in Oklahoma, delegate of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1932 and trustee of the William H. Murray Educational Foundation.
Bond became chairman of the Corporation Commission of the State of Oklahoma in 1934. He was reelected in 1936, 1942 and 1948 and held this title until his death in 1954. He was also a member of the National Conference of Petroleum Regulatory Authorities and the Oklahoma representative on the Inter-State Oil Compact Commission. His leadership helped guide and protect Oklahoma’s oil industry.
Reford Bond had a career of leadership and service to the Chickasaw Nation and the state of Oklahoma during an important time in the history of both.
Hiawatha Thompson Estes (1918 – 2003)
Hiawatha Thompson Estes was an architect and founder of the Nationwide House Plan Book Co., later known as Hiawatha Estes and Associates. A nephew of Mary “Te Ata” Thompson Fisher, Estes was born in Tishomingo and formed a close relationship with his famous aunt. He attended the University of Oklahoma and played in the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, graduating in 1940.
Estes served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 37th Fighter Squadron during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. Following the war, he moved to California and started his business in designing modern homes.
Estes’ inexpensive, practical designs were featured in newspapers across the country, showcasing to millions of Americans the newest trends in home building. His designs incorporated the rapid changes occurring in U.S. households, including the increased use of air conditioning, homes centered on privacy and watching television instead of hosting guests.
Estes was known for continuously working toward his goals, earning him the nickname “roadrunner” from his aunt, Te Ata. While his home designs resonated with modern Americans, he focused on giving back to his alma mater, becoming a founding member of OU’s President’s Associates.
He financially supported more than 75 university scholarships, including establishing the Hiawatha Estes Pride of Oklahoma Scholarship to aid music students. He was awarded the OU Regents Alumni Award in 2002 for outstanding service and contributions to the university. A courtyard at OU’s Catlett Music Center named in Estes’ honor was landscaped with his assistance to provide a quiet place for students.
Estes passed away in 2003, leaving an enduring legacy at the University of Oklahoma and in neighborhoods around the country.
Brenda Kingery is a contemporary artist and champion of women’s empowerment around the world. Born in Oklahoma City, Kingery earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and history from the University of Oklahoma. She attended graduate school at Ryukyus University in Okinawa and completed a master’s degree in arts from the University of Oklahoma.
Kingery returned to Okinawa, where she taught drawing, painting and Okinawan cultural history for the University of Maryland’s Far East Division. She later settled in San Antonio, Texas, where she taught at San Antonio College. Her artwork has been displayed in many private, corporate and public collections around the world and is part of numerous permanent collections.
Kingery is the founding member of Threads of Blessing International, an organization that teaches textile art and design to women in developing countries to use their indigenous artistic skills. In 2007, Kingery was appointed by the president of the United States to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Her efforts to empower women around the world led to her being named the Dynamic Woman of the Year for the Chickasaw Nation in 2017.
Tom Love is the founder and CEO of the family-owned company Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. Born in Oklahoma City, Love attended St. John’s University but left to join the Marines. During his service, he rose to the rank of corporal.
Love and his wife, Judy, opened their first service station in 1964. With a $5,000 investment from Judy’s parents, the Loves opened a filling station in Watonga and quickly found success.
When OPEC announced an oil embargo in 1973, it threatened Love’s businesses, which relied almost entirely on gas sales. He pioneered combining the gas station with the 24-hour convenience store as well as self-service pumps. Love and his family have grown the company to more than 480 locations across the United States.
Love and his wife have also been leaders in philanthropy. Between personal donations and corporate giving, the Love family has supported institutions of higher education as well as local charities across the country. Since 1999, Love’s has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network, raising more than $28 million for children’s medical research.
Jonathan C. Trent, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Jonathan C. Trent is a board-certified oncologist who has dedicated his career to researching and treating cancer. An Oklahoma native, Trent attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas. He earned his board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1999.
Oncology was a personal decision for Trent after his grandmother died of cancer. His expertise in oncology and his passion for lab research led to him becoming a widely recognized sarcoma specialist.
In 2002, Trent became an assistant professor at the department of sarcoma medical oncology at the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has produced more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, served on many editorial boards and presented at numerous conferences.
In 2011, Trent was appointed professor of medicine and co-director of the musculoskeletal center in the department of medicine at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. His team focuses on developing breakthroughs in gene discovery that enable improved precision medicine for cancer patients.
Throughout his career, Trent has incorporated research and teaching into treating patients. His research has been used to devise treatments for patients based upon their individual needs. These treatments include medicines that Trent developed that target the specific genes a cancer uses to grow in a patient. Patients are now receiving care designed to attack the unique cancer in their own bodies.
Trent serves on the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s executive committee as the associate director for clinical research.
Chickasaw Hall of Fame
The 2019 Chickasaw Hall of Fame ceremony marks the 32nd anniversary of the Chickasaw Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will stream live from the Chickasaw Hall of Fame website at HOF.Chickasaw.net and on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/TheChickasawNation. The livestream will be available for viewing on all devices today, beginning at 6 p.m.
For more information, visit HOF.Chickasaw.net.