​TLU Dedicates the Dot O’Kelley Hemminghaus Nursing Education Lab

May 7, 2019

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Roger Hemminghaus, former CEO and president of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, Inc, and former Chair of the TLU Board of Regents, honored his wife, Dorothy, with a $500,000 gift to the university to name the Dot O’Kelley Hemminghaus Education Lab in Nursing and the Joe Harry O’Kelley Endowed Scholarship.

This generous gift will ensure the nursing program is able to continue providing the most cutting-edge simulation and lab experiences for students.

The endowed scholarship honors Joe Harry O’Kelley who was born in Houston, Texas on September 28, 1938. He became the youngest licensed musician in Houston at age 16 and played the triple-necked steel guitar in the Johnny Ragsdale Sundowners Band. Unfortunately, diagnosed with leukemia, Joe Harry passed away one month after his 18th birthday. The Hemminghaus’ say he would be proud to see young people pursue an education in the arts, which has led to the establishment of this scholarship for TLU students.

Mr. Hemminghaus has been a great friend and advocate of the university for many years and both he and Dot have a deep appreciation for the nursing field, as well as what the program has done for TLU.

“TLU owes much to Roger Hemminghaus," President Dr. Stuart Dorsey said. "This gift, in honor of his wife, Dot, is just the most recent of many contributions that will continue to impact the university for years to come. We are grateful for his visionary leadership as Chair of the Board of Regents, his service on the planning committee for the Campaign For TLU, and his wise counsel and support for me during my time as president.”    

Pictured L to R: Dot O'Kelley Hemminghaus with nursing student Kayla Rodriguez and Roger Hemminghaus.

More About Roger Hemminghaus

After receiving his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Auburn University, Roger Hemminghaus started his career in 1962 as an engineer for Exxon, USA, after serving four years as a naval officer involved in nuclear power development.

In addition to being the former president and CEO of Diamond Shamrock, Inc, he has previously served as a member of the board at CTS Corporation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Luby’s Inc., New Century Energies, Inc., Southwestern Public Service Company, Tandy Brands Accessories Corporation, Xcel Energy, and as a member of the National Executive Council for The Boy Scouts of America. He is a former member of the TLU Board of Regents (1997 – 2006) and was chair for five years. He is also a past vice chairman of the Development Board for the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

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