NORMAN — Don and Dot Adkins will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday. The couple married at First Baptist Church, Sherman, Texas, on April 1, 1953, while both were students at Austin College.
Their children, David Adkins, and his wife, Kelly of Norman, and Donna Adkins Troop and her husband, Dr. Keith Troop of Ardmore, hosted an extended family dinner party Saturday evening at Legends to celebrate the event.
Don is a 65-year member of the Boy Scouts of America, first as a youth, then a volunteer Scout leader and for almost 40 years, as a professional Scout executive. His last position, before retirement, the couple moved to Norman in 1991 where he served as BSA area director for the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas and parts of north Texas.
He joined Rotary International in 1956 and has been an active member on the International Council of Legislation and numerous committees.
Named to the Eastern Oklahoma College Hall of Fame in 2006 and to the Football Hall of Fame in Shawnee in 2008, he has been active in many community and Chamber groups. His special love is reading to three classes of children each week. A veteran of the Korean War, he continues to be an active citizen, presently participating in the Norman Citizens Police Academy.
Wherever the Boy Scouts advanced Don, Dot worked for newspapers as a reporter, society-women’s/family editor, education editor and columnist, “Dot’s Dashes.” A stringer for Associated Press, United Press International and the Dallas Morning News, she was a charter member of the Oklahoma Press Association. Recipient of the Dallas Market Center Editorial Award, The Golden Pencil Award, The Yellow Rose of Texas and numerous Oklahoma and Texas Press awards, she also was selected as one of 25 women’s editors in the United States to lead the change from “Society News” to “Family and Career.”