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Judy Love, Lew Ward Inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Lew Ward, chairman of Ward Petroleum Corp, and Judy Love, of Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores, are being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, according to a report in the Enid News and Eagle.

Ward received his Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1953 and is a registered professional engineer and a graduate of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard University.

He is a also member of National Petroleum Council and was president of Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, 1979-80. He served as chairman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, 1995-97, the report stated.

Additionally, Ward was named Distinguished Alumni of Oklahoma Military Academy in 1993 and inducted in University of Oklahoma College of Engineering Distinguished Graduates Society in 1999. He received Lone Star Steel's "Chief Roughneck" Award in 1999 for lifetime achievement in the oil and gas industry, and in 2009 he received the Trailblazer Award from the University of Oklahoma, according to the report.

Judy Love helped her husband, Tom, start Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores in 1964, and worked full time in the company until 1975 when she returned to college. She currently serves as chairman of Love's Family Foundation and secretary of the corporation.

Along with being honored at the formal induction ceremony, 2010 inductees will be recognized in November with the addition of their portraits to Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery at Gaylord-Pickens Museum.

The banquet and induction ceremony will be at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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