Each year, the Bartlesville Community Foundation honored two families whose generosity has made Bartlesville a stronger, more vibrant community. Induction into the Legacy Hall of Fame recognizes a lifetime of giving and participating in charitable work. This year, C.B. and Mabel Colaw were one of the families inducted for their years of service to the community and for being instrumental in bringing, what is now Oklahoma Wesleyan University, to Bartlesville.
A fateful stop for a flat tire in 1958 would set C.B. and Mabel on a new course. While waiting for his car to be fixed in Bartlesville, Colaw would learn of a prime property for sale on Silver Lake Road. The Wesleyans wanted to relocate their small but growing college in Colorado Springs. That college would eventually call Bartlesville home, first as Central Pilgrim College, then Bartlesville Wesleyan College, and finally today’s Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
…from the Bartlesville Community Foundation
C.B. would serve as the Chairman of the Oklahoma Wesleyan board from 1981 to 2001 and would then become Chairman Emeritus; he never missed a board meeting or graduation for 51 years.
Close to 50 Colaw family members attended the Legacy Hall of Fame event to honor C.B. and Mabel, along with many from the community. OKWU Alum and son, Stephen Colaw accepted the honor for his parents on behalf of the family.
The video below shares their story: