Look at this view of Tulsa. See the glistening river, the variety of park
land, the downtown skyline? Everything in this shot, and far more that
isn’t shown, has been touched as result of a lifetime of work by one
man, Gaylon Pinc.
He has served the northeast part of the state for more than three decades
as a protector of Oklahoma’s air and water resources. His work as
Manager of Environmental and Engineering Services for the Indian
Nations Council of Governments – better known as IN-COG – led to his
involvement, but it has been his passion that has led to success.
Using his engineering degrees from Oklahoma State., Gaylon began his career
performing hydrology and water studies for IN-COG. Within four years,
he was promoted to department manager and since that day, 27 years ago,
his list of accomplishments has grown to epic proportions. With
leadership and characteristic hard work, he developed and administered
the award-winning Ozone Alert air quality program, created and managed
the highly-recognized Tulsa Clean Cities and alternative fuels
programs, and led the region in developing strategies and conducting
studies for water supply, wastewater treatment and stormwater
He has served as project manager for a vital and important study of water
system infrastructure and cooperation among communities and rural water
districts. After coordinating the first two phases of conceptual and
detailed planning for the 42-mile reach of the Arkansas River through
Tulsa County, he now is serving as program manager for phase three of
the master plan for the river’s corridor.
Gaylon’s leadership has branched out to other causes. He has been the president
of every professional engineering society in Oklahoma -- and there are
quite a few – and he chaired the National Convention of Professional
Engineers when it met in Tulsa several years ago. He also has served
as president, and received honors from, the Downtown Tulsa Lions Club
and he remains active in their many community service projects.
Look once again at this gorgeous view of Tulsa. Now,
look at the man who has contributed so tirelessly to the clean air and
water in this view. You’re looking at Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s 2006
Lifetime Achievement award winner, Mr. Gaylon Pinc.
Posted on 05/01/2006
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under