The Norman Transcript

March 31, 2013

Couple marks 60th wedding anniversary with reception

The Norman Transcript

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.”

She became assistant to the president at the birth of The University of Texas at Tyler and also served as director for Sister Cities International taking tour groups to Europe. The couple has hosted seven exchange students through the years. While working for the university, Dot was a ghost writer and editor for 13 books.

Dot became the agenda consultant for Stein Mart after moving to Norman giving programs and style shows in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman for 10 years. During the past 20 years, she has been an active member of the Assistance League of Norman receiving the Blue Star Award in 2012. Presently she serves on the Norman Regional Hospital Auxiliary Board. She is a member of Ex Libris Book Club and both Norman and Brookhaven Garden Clubs. She also received the Civic Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005 and served several years on the East Main Place Board.

Don and Dot are active in First Baptist Church where they are both deacons and serve on the church’s current remodeling project. Don has been a teacher and a Sunday school director.

Their greatest pride is in their son and daughter and their spouses and grandchildren: Lauren Adkins and husband, Dr. Ben Cornwell, Lane Adkins and her husband, Jake Krattiger and Cole Adkins, all of Norman; Dr. Tyler Troop, and his wife, Jill of Ardmore; Sarah Troop of Dallas; and Hannah Troop of Waco. Also Andrew Jimerson, Norman; Carey-Jayne Weingartner and her husband, Josh of Oklahoma City; and Julianne Christiansen and her husband, Andy of Bartlesville; and four very smart and beautiful great-grandchildren, Campbell and Anna Cornwell and Tate and Rhyder Troop.

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