(OKLAHOMA CITY) Oklahoma City University mourns the death of Oklahoma City business man and community leader Robert Z. Naifeh, a long-time friend and supporter of the university. Mr. Naifeh passed away on July 25.
“Bob was a shining example of personal and professional achievement. It is difficult to imagine what Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City University would be without his leadership and generosity,” said OCU President Robert Henry. “The vibrancy of Bob and Jeaneen’s business success and philanthropic endeavors has forever changed this city and this university. We are privileged to have him in the life of the university and will always hold him in our hearts as ‘one of own.’ He will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Oklahoma City University family, I extend heartfelt sympathies to Bob’s wife Jeaneen and their remarkable family.”
Robert and Jeaneen Naifeh have been integral to Oklahoma City University. Among honors bestowed on Bob are the much-deserved Doctor of Commercial Science honorary degree in 2000, and the university’s Meinders School of Business Hall of Honor in 2009. Mr. and Mrs. Naifeh established the Robert and Jeaneen Naifeh Meditation Garden in the Wanda Bass School of Music, and the Naifeh Family Foyer & Reception Hall in the Henry James Freede Wellness Center in memory of Mr. Naifeh’s parents. Bob regularly participated in university events such as the OCU Societies Awards of Excellence, Meinders School of Business Hall of Honor, and Kramer School of Nursing programs.
“The Robert and Jeaneen Naifeh Garden is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places on our campus. Students love to sit and reflect there, and often strains of instrumental or vocal music will be heard as students gather there to practice their craft,” said Henry.