Pratt C. Remmel, deceased, Little Rock, Arkansas. A board member of the Arkansas River Basin Commission and chairman of the Arkansas Waterways Commission, Remmel was an active waterway supporter. He served as Mayor of Little Rock from 1955-61, and was Republican nominee for Governor in 1954. He served as a United States Navy flight instructor, as a Lieutenant during World War II, and was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 1952 and 1956. Remmel was also a former member of the United States Conference of Mayors. He was an active Mason and Shriner, a member of the American Legion, Amvets and Vice-chairman of the American Red Cross in Arkansas.
Charles L ."Tommy" Thomson, of Pueblo, Colorado. A major waterway supporter and contributor to the development of The Arkansas river Basin in Colorado, Thomson was Colorado state chairman and later president of Arkansas River Basin Development Association. As former general manager of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District--representing water users in nine countries in the Arkansas River Basin in Colorado--he is credited with developing the Frying-Arkansas Project (Fry-Ark). This was a federal program established in 1962 by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, to divert 600,000 acre feet of valuable trans-mountain water to farms and cities in the arid Arkansas River Basin in Colorado. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, was a 33rd degree honorary Mason and served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Colorado. Thomson was also named "Citizen of the Year" in Pueblo.
Marcus R. Tower, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born in Dewitt, Arkansas, he served in the Army and was among the first Americans to arrive in Australia during World War II, where he had his first international water experience. He served as president of The Arkansas Basin Development Association and was the longest serving member on the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority Board. A 29-year member of the board, Tower was originally appointed by Tulsa Mayor James Maxwell and reappointed consecutively by six other mayors--James Hewgley, Robert LaFortune, James Inhofe, Terry Young, Richard Crawford and Roger Randle. Tower was an active supporter of the development of the Arkansas River since 1957. He remained a prominent force in lobbying for support to build the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. He served on the first Port Authority Board formed on January 21, 1963, and was present at the first meeting held 10 days later at the Will Rogers Hotel in Claremore. The Port Authority building at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is named for him. Tower, who retired as vice-chairman of the Bank of Oklahoma, also served as a long time member of the Tulsa City-County Library Board.
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