Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame, WWRHS Class of 1956 WEB Site, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Hall of Fame
Robert J. Stuart
Class of 1944

In December 1942 the Stuart family moved to Tulsa from Shawnee and lived just two houses from Hawks Dairy near 11th and Lewis. It didn’t take long to earn a nickname – Jackrabbit – as he was the state champion in the 100-yard and 220-yard dash in 1943 and 1944. His 100-yard time was an impressive 9.7 seconds.

He was also an outstanding athlete in basketball, but it was football that endeared him to all loyal Will Rogers High students and fans. Arch rival Central had held Will Rogers scoreless the first three years they played each other - 1940, 1941 and 1942. Things changed in 1943 when Rogers won, 27-20 with Stuart scoring all four touchdowns at the Skelly Stadium game. He starred at The University of Tulsa in 1944 and played in the 1945 Orange Bowl before being drafted into the U.S. Army which led to an appointment to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1945.

Army was one of the nation’s football powerhouses in the late 1940s – finishing in the top six in the nation 1944 through 1950, except for 1947. They were No. 1 in 1944 and 1945 and No. 2 in 1946. Stuart played along side two Heisman Trophy winners – Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Following graduation in 1949 he was assigned to the Air Force and stationed at Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio. There he worked in military supply and helped install the first, albeit elementary, computer system in the Air Force.

He completed his military career in 1955 and worked for Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa and Washington, D.C. In 1958 he joined J.D. Young Company as a microfilm salesman and at the time of induction was Chairman of the Board. One of his early assignments was supplying the first thermafax copy machines ever used at a U.S. Open when that golf tournament was played in Tulsa in 1958. Not unlike other industries, he has witnessed the growth and evolution of copiers and printers while helping improve and streamline operations for customers like American Airlines and Philips Petroleum among many others.

Stuart at the time of his induction was a member of Tulsa Executives Association, a former board member of Holland Hall school and a former elder and Sunday School teacher at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church.



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