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Gifts Established:

  • Frederick John Wagner, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund | Est. 2013
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F. J. Wagner Family

Frederick John “Fred” Wagner, Jr. was born on February 7, 1929, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was a talented athlete and devoted Boy Scout, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout before graduating from Abington High School in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Wagner received his undergraduate degree in geology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he continued to hone his leadership skills as president of his fraternity and captain of the varsity soccer team.

He earned his master’s degree in geology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to build a long and successful career in the oil industry. His career took him to 12 countries; he lived in 4 of them, spending much of his life in Tulsa, Oklahoma, working for Carter Oil Company, Skelly Oil Company, Getty and Texaco.

Wagner also served in the military, being assigned to the Army Ballistics Missile Agency in Huntsville, Alabama, where he helped establish a laboratory to analyze solid and liquid propellants for the space program and was actively involved in several organizations related to the petroleum industry, including the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He also served as an adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa in his area of expertise.

In Tulsa, Fred Wagner met his cherished wife of 57 years, Carolyn Louise Lipe Wagner, and together, they lovingly raised their two children, Frederick John Wagner III and Kristin Wagner Henderson.

Wagner had a successful career and many talents, but his family feels that his greatest achievement involved his role as a loving, responsible and loyal husband and father. He died in February 2013 at the age of 84, and Carolyn Wagner passed away in October 2016 at the age of 84.

In 2013, Carolyn Wagner, Frederick Wagner III and Kristin Henderson wished to pay tribute to Fred Wagner’s legacy by endowing a scholarship in his name at The University of Tulsa in recognition of his connection to the university as an adjunct professor, a role that enabled him to pass along his vast knowledge in the field of petroleum geology to aspiring geologists and engineers. As a result, the family established an endowed scholarship fund, which is formally recognized as The Frederick John Wagner, Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund, a touching tribute to an accomplished man.