Distinguished Alumnus 2002
Dr. James H. Brock was born in Lawton and attended Lawton High School. In 1948 he headed for New York City where he spent four years as a professional actor, dancer and choreographer. Compulsory military duty interrupted that career and he served the next two years in the U.S. Army Special Services in charge of post theaters at Fort Sill.
After his discharge, he moved to Odessa, Texas, with his wife Beverly, a 1952 Cameron graduate. He was a businessman there for 16 years before returning to Lawton and earning a bachelor's degree in speech and drama at Cameron in 1971. He was active in theater productions and choreographed routines for the "golden girls" dance team to promote spirit at sports events. He went on to earn a masters in acting and directing from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in theatre communications from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Multiple careers followed including 20 years teaching speech and drama at Lawton Tomlinson Junior High, 28 years as lay pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Walters and 40 years as a professional writer. He was author of "Oklahoma Opening," Lawton's Centennial celebration play which played to sold-out audiences. Currently retired, he continues to write, preach and act.
Awards and honors he has received include Lawton Public School Teacher of the Year, Cameron's Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Alumnus Award, Lawton Arts and Humanities Council's Artist of the Year and Citizen of the Arts Awards, Outstanding Actor Award from the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, and the American Association of Community Theatre's Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance.