After a basketball game in February 1973, John Gibson and a friend went to a party at TJ Hall where they didn’t know too many people.
John grabbed a drink from a cooler, intending to settle into a corner of the room, but a few minutes later, he dropped the beverage, shattering the container. After cleaning it up, he grabbed another one, and within minutes, had dropped and shattered that one too.
“A good-looking girl offered to help us clean up my mess,” he says. “She said ‘for a basketball player you don’t have very good hands!’ That was Kristie, and the rest is history.”
As students, the pair enjoyed grabbing a bite at Tim’s Pizza, a local restaurant at the time, and ordering pizza or shrimp salads.
Both John and Kristie (Capps) earned bachelor’s degrees in engineering management in 1974. The pair married in August 1974.
Kristie went on to work for Phillips Petroleum Co. as an engineer, gas buyer and division manager before retiring to raise their daughter, Katie. John spent 18 years with Phillips and was executive vice president of Koch Energy when he joined ONEOK, eventually becoming chairman, president, and CEO of ONEOK and ONEOK Partners. He retired in 2014 and now serves as non-executive chairman of the $25 billion Fortune 500 company.
When asked if they had any relationship advice, John says he would limit his advice to the male partners.
“Follow all the advice you’re given; life will be much better for you,” he says.
Share This Story
Jordan (Lynn) and Derek Voges
Jordan Lynn and Derek Voges met at a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity party at the end of August in 2015….
Kirstin Rigger and Holden McComb
Kirstin Rigger and Holden McComb were freshmen living in TJ Hall when they met in 2015. Holden, who lived on…
Miner athletics’ biggest fan
Keith Bailey, a 1964 mechanical engineering graduate, transformed a company and then transformed S&T athletics. He joined Williams Co. in…
David and Karen (Miller) Sorrell
In the spring semester of 1979, David Sorrell was looking for an “easy A” during his senior year at Missouri…
Lynsey (Jorgenson) and Bret Grinde
It didn’t take long for Lynsey (Jorgenson) and Bret Grinde to meet each other on campus in August 2005. “We…
Courtney (Mandeville) and Josh Weber
Courtney (Mandeville) met Josh Weber at a Greek life mixer that she attended with her roommate in April 2015. “Going…