2018 Distinguished Alumni Honoree
Bob Hancock attended OMA for Junior College from 1969 through 1971. His goal in attending OMA was to complete the accelerated two-year ROTC Program to obtain an Officer’s Commission. During his time at OMA, he reached the rank of Captain. Hancock was a member of the Chevron Society and the Officers Club, and he received the Distinguished Military Graduate ribbon.
After his time at OMA, Hancock attended Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Hancock entered active duty in September 1973 and was assigned to Ordnance Corps, stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. He remained on reserve duty until 1981.
Hancock was hired as the Property and Facilities Manager for Bank of Oklahoma Corporation in 1978 where he was responsible for management, maintenance, leasing, and construction of all bank-owned facilities. He remained with BOK for 14 years, leaving in 1992 to start his own construction and developing business. Beginning in 1992, Hancock and his wife developed a successful full-service residential construction company building high end (more than $1 million) homes from in-house architecture and design through completion. They later branched out into commercial development and senior living facilities.
Hancock has been married to Laurie for 25 years. While he has no children of his own, Laurie has three children and eight grandchildren.
Hancock came to OMA with the goal of obtaining a U.S. Army Commission, but failed to realize how much more he would gain from his time there. The lessons learned and the sense of responsibility instilled as Cadets formed the foundation for him to gain the success that he has had in life. Standing in formation directly below the flag as it was lowered for the last time in 1971 was a deeply emotional time for him, knowing that he had been a part of such an important institution to so many people.