John A. Brock was born in 1930 in Durant, OK. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering. He was commissioned as an Artillery officer. John served in Korea from 1953-1955, serving as Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Renaissance and Survey Officer, Battalion Intelligence Officer, and Battalion Fire Direction Officer.
After leaving the Army, John created exploration departments and instituted and supervised exploration programs for four companies. He is a Founder of the University of Oklahoma Sarkey’s energy Center. He endowed the Brock Chair of Energy Economics and Policy a the University of Oklahoma. He created and endowed the Brock International Prize for Education.
He is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Tulsa Hall of Fame, the University of Tulsa College of Business Hall of fame and the recipient of the University of Oklahoma Regents Award.