2016 Lawson Award Recipients
Susie Patterson Jackson '79
There is no-one who is a more passionate cheerleader for Oklahoma Christian University than Susie. In fact, she was a cheerleader while a student at OC in the 1970s, having graduated with an elementary education degree in 1979. Susie spent her post-OC years teaching kindergarten, serving children with disabilities, and dedicating much of her time and expertise in advancing tools for those with learning differences. She is an active volunteer in the Fort Worth community. Raising a family in Texas, Susie has kept strong ties to her alma mater. She was part of the early formation of what is today, OC’s Houston Alumni Chapter. Having moved with her family to Fort Worth, Susie was a leader and charter member of OC’s North Texas Alumni Chapter. She now serves on the Board of Trustees for OC.
All four of the Jackson children (Katherine Branch, John Paul, Joel, and Royce) have attended, or are attending OC. She has one grandchild and another on the way.
Jay Tabor '86
Jay Tabor is a partner in the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice and has a national reputation as a “go-to” corporate lawyer for companies’ most important transactions. During the past four years, Jay has led transactions with a combined dollar value of more than $50 billion for clients including General Electric and Kinder Morgan. Jay is the youngest of the six Texas-based mergers and acquisition lawyers to be ranked by Chambers USA® in its most-elite “Band 1” category. Jay earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Christian University in 1986. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990.
Jay and his wife, Susan, also an Oklahoma Christian alumna, are active members of Prestonwood Church and are involved in a number of local missions, including the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center and H.I.S. Bridgebuilders. They provided the lead gift to establish the “John Maple History Scholarship Fund” at OC.