W.P. "Bill" Atkinson

Inducted: 1995

W.P. “BILL” ATKINSON (1906-1999) has had a varied career as journalist, builder, educator and politician. He began his journalistic career as a printer’s devil while in high school and later was the founder of the Oklahoma Journal. Atkinson was head of the Oklahoma City University Journalism Department in 1934. Often called the founder of Midwest City, he was president of the National Association of Home Builders in 1951. He has been active in civic affairs and ran for governor of Oklahoma in 1962.