Robert A. Hefner Jr.
Fun Fact: Robert A. Hefner Jr. was a regimental featherweight boxing champion (now Golden Gloves), set a course golf record, won the gold medal for the State of Oklahoma while playing the violin, and played in both the Stanford University Chapel Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony - all before the age of 21.
Robert A. Hefner Jr. was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1907.
He attended the Culver Military Academy in Indiana while in high school and represented the State of Oklahoma as one of its first Eagle Scouts at the Boy Scouts Jamboree in London, England in 1920 - where he was awarded his gold medal in boxing from the King and Queen of England.
After graduating from Stanford in 1928, he obtained his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1931, Unfortunately for him, the State had just passed legislation that went into effect March 21, 1930 requiring graduating attorneys to pass an examination to be admitted to the State Bar. So, Jr. was among the first required to take the State Bar examination in Oklahoma. His interest in law was accompanied by his interest in politics. During his honeymoon to Hawaii, he met and became close friends with President Roosevelt’s son, Elliott. That relationship led him to attend many dinners at the White House and work in Washington DC for a period of time. March 27, 1935 was one evening they would never forget though as his wife, Louise Good, went into labor while at dinner. Family legend has it White House security personnel cleared the path, as it was snowy, to get her to the hospital or she would have given birth to III only steps from the Oval Office.
In 1939 Junior ended up moving to Evansville, Indiana to practice law. Like his father, he quickly gained the confidence of all the major companies: Sun Oil Company, Sinclaire Prarie Oil Company, Phillips Petroleum, Deep Rock Oil Corporation, Trans-Western Oil Company, Frontier Fuel oil Corporation and Kingwood Oil Company to name a few.
Junior ended up returning to Oklahoma City in 1946, however, at the request of his father to manage The Hefner Company. He founded the Hefner Production Company to start producing the vast mineral inventory that the company held too. Junior was one of the founders of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA) and served as Vice President for the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).
He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1973 and received the Oklahoma Outstanding Oilman Award in 1976.