Dr. Ben G. Henneke
Professor and President, TU
In 1931 Ben Henneke was a freshman at the University of Tulsa. It was the beginning of a long-standing relationship with the school. As an undergraduate, his accomplishments were many, including writing the Hurricane Fight Song and the founding of radio station KWGS. He formed the TU chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, acted, directed and of course attended classes. After earning his B.A. from Tulsa University, Ben earned his Master of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in Speech from the University of Illinois. Dr. Henneke became president of the University of Tulsa on June 1, 1958. Under his leadership he saw many milestones including full accreditation, the construction of additional campus buildings, TU’s founding of its Petroleum Abstracts Service and TU’s North Campus. After serving nearly a decade he returned to the classroom in 1967. In 1982, he was named President Emeritus and continued to be productive, serving the school after his retirement. President Henneke died November 13, 2009. This interview was conducted September 10, 2009.
Interview with Dr. Ben G. Henneke
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Photography Credits: All photos of Dr. Ben G. Henneke courtesy of The University of Tulsa – Tulsa, Oklahoma. Arial photo of The University of Tulsa Campus in 1930 courtesy the Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society. “The U” at the University of Tulsa as seen from S. Delaware Ave., December, 22, 2008, courtesy S. P. Moran.
Date Created: September 10, 2009
Date Published: August 17, 2011
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.