Norma and Richard

Richard P. and Norma T. Small

College can be life changing, and no one knows that better than Richard "Dick" Small. As a Cornell College freshman in Mount Vernon, Iowa, though he'd "never even seen a wrestling match before," Dick gave it his best as member of the celebrated 1947 "Dream Team," which, against all odds, won the NCAA Division I and AAU Championship.

That defining moment began Dick's lifelong quest to help other students realize their potential through his support of private higher education. When the retired oilman moved to Tulsa in 1992 with his wife, Norma, they immediately got involved with TU.

The Smalls are loyal supporters of the Golden Hurricane Club, "with more blue and gold in our closets than you can imagine." They also contributed to the renovation of the law school's Moot Court and the Mabee Legal Information Center.

Most recently during the Embrace the Future Campaign, the Smalls established two planned gifts to create the Richard P. and Norma T. Small Endowed Scholarship in Law and the Richard P. and Norma T. Small Endowed Provost Scholarship Fund.