Outstanding Southeastern Alumni Profiles

Pat Phelps

Pat Phelps is a 1961 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a 1965 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Phelps has 50 years of experience in the field of law, and currently serves as attorney for the city of Durant.  In 1997, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Phelps was honored recently with the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Sigma Tau Gamma national fraternity.  He was presented the fraternity’s highest alumni honor at the Grand Chapter meeting held in Orlando, Florida, in June.  Established in 1970, the award honors an alumnus of the Fraternity who has achieved distinction in his chosen profession and is selected by vote of the Board of Directors.

“Pat Phelps is very deserving of this recognition,’’ said Southeastern president Sean Burrage. “His leadership and community involvement demonstrate what this University stands for. He is a great example of an individual who gives back to his community through his time and support.’’

The Distinguished Achievement Award citation reads: “In recognition of his meritorious achievement in his profession, his leadership to free enterprise, his dedicated service to his community, and in appreciation of those eminent qualities which are an inspiration to all members of the Fraternity.”

Among the previous winners of the Sigma Tau award are John Massey of Durant (2001); Dee Brown, author of the classic “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee;” and John Ashcroft, former U.S. Attorney General.  Phelps served as Sigma Tau Gamma’s 17th National President from 1972-74, and as a member of the Board of Directors from 1966-1980.

He is deeply involved in professional and civic activities, and was the First Associate District Judge of Bryan County.  Phelps was appointed Chief Judge of The Court of Appeals of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and is a past president of the Southeastern Alumni Association. The Durant High School graduate was also a founder of Durant Youth Services, Inc., in 1971.