Distinguished Alumnus 1996
Charles Nedwin "Ned" Hockman


"Hockman credits Cameron for his successful career"
From the Fall 1996 Cameron Today

Charles Nedwin "Ned" Hockman's career is sprinkled with titles, including University of Oklahoma David Ross Boyd professor emeritus; retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, military combat photographer/correspondent; photojournalist; film maker, producer, director, editor and cinematographer.

Born in 1921, he graduated from Carnegie High School and attended Cameron in 1940-41 on a scholarship given to him by Ruby Ruth Vinson, professor of speech at Cameron.

Ned studied speech, drama and music and won first place in a state oratory contest. He played clarinet in the Cameron band, clarinet and saxophone in the dance band and acted .

He has fond memories of Cameron, including playing bridge with Miss Pansy Robertson and living in Reinwand Hall. While at Cameron he worked for the Lawton Morning Press covering Fort Sill.

"At the time, if you wanted to major in speech, you went to the best teacher -- Ruby Ruth Vinson at Cameron College," he said. "Cameron was a major factor in my success; for a kid from Carnegie, it was a safe and secure place with everyone lending a helping hand."

Ned received a bachelors degree in social science and history education from OU in 1949. He was a combat photographer and correspondent during World War II and served in Korea. Among his military awards are the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the President's Unit Citation.

For 40 years he was director and cinematographer for OU sports. He co-produced, directed, photographed and edited nationally televised Bud Wilkinson shows. Ned taught in OU's school of journalism and mass communication for 20 years. A pioneer in the teaching of motion picture production at the university level, he influenced the careers of some of the nation's and world's finest photographers and journalists. His graduates include Ed Turner, executive vice president of Cable News Network, and Walter Coblenz, producer of such films as The Candidate and All the President's Men.

Ned produced more than 200 films and TV programs, winning wide acclaim. He was an original member of the Governor's Film Industry Task Force (now the Oklahoma Film Office) bringing millions of dollars to the state. He was a founder and co-director of the National Press Photographers Television News Video Workshop, serving on the faculty for more than 30 years.

His honors include the National Press Photographers Association's Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award. An inductee of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, he will be inducted into the Higher Education Hall of Fame in October. He has also received the Governor's Arts in Education Award.

He and his wife, Loretta, recently marked their 53rd anniversary. They have two daughters.