2021 Distinguished Alumni: Frank C. Robson
Frank C. Robson of Claremore, Oklahoma, graduated in 1953 from Oklahoma A&M with a degree in animal science. His career has centered around ranching, banking and real estate. He is the current owner of Robson Ranch, a successful cattle operation that has been in his family since he was a young boy growing up in the Depression.
In his nomination statement, Clint Rusk, department head for OSU’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences, describes Robson as a philanthropist. Robson has given greatly to his hometown of Claremore, Oklahoma, with his family building and donating the Robson Performing Arts Center to the Claremore Public Schools. In addition, Robson contributed to the McKnight Center for Performing Arts at OSU, provided scholarships, and continues to serve as a leader and voice for teachers and education.
Recently, Robson became a cornerstone donor to the New Frontiers campaign to help fund a new state-of-the-art teaching, research and Extension facility for OSU Agriculture.
“Frank Robson has said, ‘Everyone, I believe, has an obligation to make the world a better place, an obligation to leave it better than what we have found,’” Rusk wrote. “He lives this mission daily and has done so much to make the world a better place, especially when it comes to improving education in the state of Oklahoma.”