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Gifts Established:

  • Constance C. Philoon Memorial Scholarship | Est. 1988
brick engraved with name Constance C. and Wallace C. Philoon

Constance C. and Wallace C. Philoon

Many families establish enduring ties with The University of Tulsa, contributing in a variety of roles to enhance the university’s mission and to ensure academic excellence and future opportunity for the students who come after them. Constance and Wallace Philoon and their family exemplify this sort of support.

Dr. Wallace Copeland Philoon, Jr. taught chemical engineering courses for more than 22 years at TU. His wife, Constance Cook Dalious Philoon (BS ’48, Aeronautical Engineering), was a proud alumna who wished to support her alma mater through a generous estate gift.

Wallace was born in March of 1923, in Beijing, China. His father, Major General Wallace Copeland Philoon, and his mother, Mary Lloyd Grayson, raised their son on Army bases in the Philippines, the Panama Canal Zone, and in a number of cities in the United States. Wallace graduated from Bowdoin College in 1945. In 1947 and 1952, respectively, Philoon earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After completing his education, Wallace worked at Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri, where he met and married Anna Marie Prochaska. They moved to Tulsa in 1964. Anna Marie and Wallace enjoyed supporting TU in many ways during his tenure as a professor, donating to KWGS public radio and to the university’s engineering programs for many years. Anna Marie passed away in 1978. In 1982, Wallace married TU alumna Constance Dalious.

Constance worked in Aeronautical Engineering for Douglas Aircraft for two years after her graduation from TU in 1948. She then joined R. G. Dalious Construction Company. Constance enjoyed a successful career at the company for more than 30 years, ultimately using her education and experience to serve as Vice President there. Constance was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Barn Tennis Association, and the Women’s Alliance at her church. She was a co-founder of the Seed and Sod Garden Club.

Prior to her passing in 1988, this caring TU alumna planned an estate gift for the school, which is known as the Constance C. Philoon Memorial Scholarship fund. Constance earmarked the fund for chemical engineering students to honor husband Wallace, since her specialized degree in aeronautical engineering was no longer offered by the university. Dr. Philoon passed away in 2012, but the couple’s generous legacy continues to shine brightly through this thoughtful scholarship endowment fund.