Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Ron Graves

Ron Graves - 2004

Following high school graduation from his hometown in Clinton, Oklahoma, Dr. Graves attended college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (then Southwestern State College). While at Southwestern he married his wife, Pam, who is also a Southwestern graduate. They have two children, Noël Williams, an opera singer and vocal coach in Philadelphia, and Todd, a campus minister with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Rice University in Houston.

Following completion of a dental degree in Kansas City and oral surgery training in the military, Dr. Graves then completed a surgical residency at the OU Health Science Center and Affiliated Hospitals. In 1975, he established an oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The practice scope has included out-patient oral surgery and surgical treatment of injuries, deformities and pathology of the maxillofacial region.

He has been an active member of the medical and dental communities and as a charter member and officer of the Southern Oklahoma Physician’s Association (SOPA) and continues to serve as a board member of its sister organization, the Southern Oklahoma Physicians Hospital Organization (SOPHO). Additionally, he has served in leadership roles in state and regional oral and maxillofacial surgery organizations.

Dr. Graves has lectured regularly on topics dealing with surgical reconstruction of facial bone injuries and deformities as well as application of the dental implants for oral reconstruction.

He is a member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Ardmore. Community activities have included membership in the Kiwanis Club and a very active role in the Arbuckle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he served as Assistant Scoutmaster and District Commissioner and Finance Chairman.

For the last three years he has served as a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Health and will become President of that board in June of 2001.