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A U D REY ELE A NOR O A K S Longtime OSU art education

of Wisconsin. In 1964, she moved

In 2008, due to declining health,

professor Audrey Eleanor Oaks of

to Stillwater to become an assistant

Dr. Oaks relocated to Midwest City

Midwest City, Okla., died Jan. 26,

professor of art education at Okla-

to be closer to family.

2013. She was 87.

homa State University while earning

She was born April 30, 1925, in Jamestown, N.Y., to Percy and Mable Macey Oaks. She graduated from

She was preceded in death by her

her doctorate. Dr. Oaks retired in

parents, a brother, Percy Oaks Jr.,

1990 as an associate professor.

and two sisters, Muriel Stoops and

During her retirement years, she

Beverly Nichols. She is survived by

Batavia (N.Y.) High School in 1943

was very active in the Payne County

her sister, Barbara Andrews, and her

and worked as a medical secretary for

Retired Educators Association, OSU

husband, Gordon, of Del City, and

a Batavia physician for several years

Emeriti Association, Oklahoma

nieces and nephews.

before attending Buffalo State Univer-

Art Educators Association and the

sity College for Teachers, where she

National Art Education Associa-

Mable Marietta Macey-Oaks &

graduated with a bachelor’s degree

tion. She was inducted into the OSU

Percy W. Oaks Sr. Endowed Memo-

in art education. She was an art and

College of Education’s Hall of Fame

rial Art Education Scholarships at

drafting teacher in the Attica, N.Y.,

in 2004. In 2008, she created an

Oklahoma State University.

school system from 1955-64. During

art education professorship with a

that time, she earned a master’s in

$250,000 gift to OSU.

Memorials may be made to the

— Stillwater NewsPress

art education from the University

GEORGE A . ROWLEY Oklahoma, including stints at Black-

steady and visionary hand from 1973

peacefully, surrounded by his loving

well, Perkins, Coyle, Crawford and

to 1988. In 2009, he was honored

family, on Jan. 31, 2013. He was 85.

Edmond. He retired in 1988.

by the Edmond Senior Community

George A. Rowley of Edmond died

He was born at home on April 18,

During his long and distinguished

Foundation as one of five Senior

1927, near Ringwood, Okla., and

career in education, Dr. Rowley

Citizens of the Year. He was an

married his high school sweetheart,

influenced and touched the lives of

honorary lifetime member of the

Alice Fern Doll, in 1946 follow-

countless students, colleagues and

Edmond Educational Endowment

ing his discharge from the Navy

community members. He received

and a longtime Presbyterian, attend-

in World War II. Dr. Rowley was

many honors and accolades, includ-

ing and serving as deacon, elder and

a loving and compassionate son

ing induction into the OSU College

member of various committees of

to his parents and a generous and

of Education Hall of Fame. He held

Presbyterian churches in Stillwater,

loving husband and father. He was

various offices and positions in the

Blackwell and Edmond.

a hardworking, competitive, conge-

American and Oklahoma Associa-

He is survived by the love of his

nial person who had many friends

tions of School Administrators, and

life, Fern; his sons, Jerry and his

throughout the country. He was a

the Oklahoma and Oklahoma

wife, Linda, of Stillwater, Kenny

people person and enjoyed spending

County Retired Educators Asso-

of Okmulgee, and Robert and

time with family and friends. He and

ciations. He was awarded the Very

his wife, Karla, of Edmond; and

his wife traveled extensively through-

Important Member honor by the

daughter Valli and her husband,

out the United States and abroad

OCREA. Dr. Rowley was a valued

Gus Rallis, of Edmond. He is also

after retirement.

member of the Edmond community

survived by six grandchildren, 14

and was named “Citizen of the

great-grandchildren and many nieces

High School, received his bachelor’s

Year” by the Edmond Chamber of

and nephews. He is also survived by

degree from Northwestern State

Commerce in 1987. He served on

his sister, Peggy, and her husband,

College in Alva, Okla., a master’s

the Edmond Arts and Humanities

L.M. Sullivan, of Edmond; and two

from Philips University in Enid, and

council, Friends of the Symphony

sisters-in-law, Willa Mae Rowley

a doctorate in education from Okla-

committee and chaired the YMCA

and Mary Lou Rowley.

homa State University. Dr. Rowley

Sustaining Membership drive. Dr.

served as a teacher, coach, principal

Rowley steered the growth of the

the OSU College of Education for

and superintendent of schools in

Edmond Public Schools with a

scholarships in his memory.

He graduated from Ringwood

Contributions may be made to

— The Oklahoman

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4880 education magazine[1]  
4880 education magazine[1]  

Official magazine of the College of Education at Oklahoma State University