It was the first time all Whinery family members attended the event together, including Doris, sons Leo Whinery Jr. and his fiancee Karen, Dr. Michael Whinery and Webster and Terry Whinery and their son, Webster Whinery Jr.
The event came about after OU President David Boren and his wife, Molly Shi, were visiting with a Malaysian student around graduation time years ago. The student told them there were two things he was disappointed about during his time spent at OU.
First, the friends he made were international students and he didn’t get to know many American students. Second, he came to Oklahoma and never got to visit a farm or a ranch.
This is when the Borens decided to approach Leo Whinery Sr., who had taught both of them while they were in law school. The event was to be a trial run they thought would last a year.
“Eighteen years later and here we all are,” Boren said.
Boren presented a bronze plaque to the Whinery family during the event to memorialize Leo and all he did for the university and international students. The plaque will be installed in the student union on the main floor later this week.