The first memorial service for Dr. Henry Bennett and his wife Vera was held at the U.S. State Department auditorium in Washington, D.C. on December 29, 1951.
Classes were dismissed after 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, for services at Gallagher Hall with more than 7,500 in attendance, from cowhands to the secretary of agriculture.
The Bennetts were buried on Friday, January 11, at the family plot in Durant, Oklahoma. A campus chapel was dedicated to them and veterans who died in battle in 1957.
The class of 1940 erected a statue of Dr. Bennett (pictured in series) in May of 1990 that overlooks the library lawn from just outside the president's office at Whitehurst. The beauty of the campus serves as a living memorial to Bennett's life of foresight and action. (Click the photo to enlarge and click on arrows to view additional photos.)