The Edmond Sun

January 8, 2013

OC: Longtime staff member Lou Phillips has died


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Lou Phillips, longtime executive assistant at Oklahoma Christian University, passed away on Sunday, OC announced Monday. She was surrounded by family and she passed peacefully.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly.

Her memorial service will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Road Church of Christ. Please remember Lou’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

As requested by the family, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Oklahoma Christian University with a note to go to the Lou Phillips’ Memorial Endowment.

On the occasion of OC’s 50th anniversary, Lou was named one of the “50 Who Made A Difference” at Oklahoma Christian. Here is that tribute to Lou from 2000:

At Oklahoma Christian University, saying the name “Lou” has the same effect as saying “Cher” or “Elvis” to music fans. No last name is needed because everyone knows “Lou.” Lou is a friend of Oklahoma Christian in every sense of the word.

During more than three decades at Oklahoma Christian, Lou served as executive assistant to President J. Terry Johnson and later as a coordinator of special projects, where her work won friends for the university worldwide. Lou was the liaison between Dr. Johnson and highly distinguished guests, including the President of the United States. Serving as official hostess for the 1992 visit of President George Bush, Lou took it all in stride: arrangements with the White House speechwriters, rooms and refreshments for the president, security — all of it.

Placing a best foot forward for the university, Lou spent two decades beside its president and first lady, directing an office and countless events virtually behind the scenes.

“Whatever it takes to do the job,” Lou is said to have responded just before she accepted her position with Dr. Johnson. The rest is history. She followed that statement with tireless service to Oklahoma Christian that culminated in a 1995 Spring Dinner in her honor.

Energetic, dedicated, creative, organized, fun, talented, capable, responsible, flexible and thorough are all words Lou’s co-workers have used to describe her. Lou also embodies the phrase “King Maker,” as she considers former OC president Kevin Jacobs and Pepperdine University president Andrew Benton (an OC alumnus) her boys.