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D.O.D 04/21/2012 - Dr. Douglas R. Faulkner was born July 5, 1945, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Charles D. and Jessie Pearl (Lewallen) Faulkner.

He attended school and graduated from Kennett, Mo., High School with the class of 1962. He attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., with his BA in communications. He then attended Arizona State University, graduating with Ed. D. in educational administration.

He married Donna Elizabeth Drake in Paonia, Colorado. The couple made their first home in Gunnison, Colorado, where Doug was a teacher at Ryland Junior High School and Gunnison High School. He also taught at Dalton Junior College and Central Arizona College.

Dr. Faulkner was Assistant Director of Forensics at Western State College of Colorado, and he served as a professor in the graduate extension program at Arizona State University. He wrote a number of communications handbooks, and served as management consultant to Hecla Mining Corporation of Arizona.

He was recipient of several awards including the Curator Award from Missouri University and an award for outstanding service to the college from the Dean of Education at Arizona State University. He was a member of Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Delta Kappa, and Alpha Psi Omega.

At Phillips, Dr. Faulkner sponsored the Phillips forensics program in the American Forensic Association and served as faculty advisor to the Student Speakers Bureau. He was chairman of the speech department, center director for business and communications, developed the MBA degree program and helped raise funds for an endowed chair in management. Dr. Faulkner taught self-confidence, poise, interviews, arguments and family discussions. Students gained skill in these and other areas by taking speech courses—persuasion, interpretation and interpersonal communications—under Faulkner.

Faulkner taught with texts, class participation, extracurricular activities, but initially with his own example. He was direct, forceful, persistent, and extemporaneously humorous. He simply expected students to put forth an effort in return for his time, effort and knowledge. Those who choose not to exert themselves, didn’t get the benefits.

While at Phillips, Dr. Faulkner was honored by the Oklahoma Petroleum Council, receiving the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in projects that had contributed a better understanding of the nation’s energy problems. He was cited for organizing and conducting the Energy Congress at Phillips University and for his sponsorship of other efforts to inform the public about energy matters.

In 1982, he was honored with the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Western State College of Colorado.

Doug was on numerous boards, including Chisholm School Board, Oakwood Country Club, and Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.

He was a member of Pi Kappa Delta, OIPA, AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), Tulsa Petroleum Club, Oklahoma City Petroleum Club, RNC, Oakwood Country Club and several yachting clubs.

Other than his work, his greatest passion was his horses. He loved to go to his ranch and ride. He also enjoyed boating, especially at Grand Lake.

He had a son, Andrew D. Faulkner and was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Rae Faulkner. He died April 21, 2012 at his home in Piura, Peru.