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July 3, 2013

Architect honored for service to city

NORMAN — Bob Goins, professor emeritus for the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, was named to the Citizen Honor Roll on Tuesday for his many contributions to Norman.

In 2008, the Norman City Council created a recognition policy to acknowledge the leadership of volunteers serving the community on boards, commissions and civic projects. Goins was honored Tuesday at the annual reception for volunteers and council members.

Following the reception, new council members Greg Heiple, Lynn Miller and Stephen Tyler Holman were sworn into office by Judge David Poarch.

A resident of Norman for more than 80 years, Goins grew up in a house on Gray Street, where the library is now located. Goins provided expertise on historic projects for the Santa Fe Depot, Sooner Theatre, the downtown historic plaques and the James Garner corridor.

Additionally, Goins served on the Legacy Trail Design committee, where he “played an instrumental role in the design of each of the plazas along the trail,” according to the citation.

“We used the plazas to tell the history of Norman,” Goins told The Transcript earlier this year. “Starting near Duffy Street, the plazas focus on Indian exploration, followed by the founding of Norman, the university, the period of the Navy presence and then the war years.”

Goins’ service to the community is long standing. He served on the Board of Parks Commissioners from 1971 to 1981 and on the Historic District Commission from 1993 to 2005. Goins has also served on the Greenbelt Task Force, the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee for Libraries and the Centennial Ad Hoc Committee.

He currently serves on the Architectural Review Committee for the University North Park TIF.

With Goins’ help, the clock that once hung at the First National Bank on the bank corner at Peters and Main streets was pulled out of storage and mounted across from Sooner Theatre. The Veterans Memorial in Reaves Park reflects his concept of an American eagle to pay homage to the local men and women who served in the military.

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