If there was a true friend of an advocate for children, it was Christina Satterfield Swanson. She devoted her life to the welfare of children.
Christina was born January 17, 1907 in Oklahoma Territory to Fred and Iona Satterfield. She grew up in Lawton and attended the Oklahoma College for Women from 1924-28 and graduated with a degree in history in May 1928. She received her master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1945 and did post-graduate work at the University of Michigan.
After graduation from OCW, Christina married Ralph N. Swanson. They had two daughters -- Iona Swanson Hoopert, a 1953 graduate of OCW and member of Be Si Ta sorority, and Anna Claire Kuchta. Of Ion’s four children, her only daughter, Nancy Anderson, also attended USAO.
Christina’s love of children led her to a career in public school teaching and administration. During her 20 years as an elementary school principal, people often marveled that she knew the name of every child in her school of several hundred students. Her devotion to and advocacy for children took many forms. She was a charter member of Lawton’s Juvenile Protection Committee and worked tirelessly with others in the city to build Lawton’s first community home for abused children. Christina was the recipient of Lawton’s Educator of the Year award in 1957 and served as Lawton’s first president of the Association for Childhood Education. She was chair of the educational research division of the State Department of Elementary School Administrators and was a member of the Oklahoma Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. She was a lifelong member of NEA, OEA and the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and was a member of the American Association of University Women. Christina was a lifelong member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Christina’s first love was her daughters and her grandchildren. Beyond that, what gave her the most joy was the lifelong friendships she had with former students as she followed with interest their personal and professional lives and celebrated with them special occasions like their weddings and births of their children. Twenty-one years after Christina’s death in 1984, people still frequently speak of this great lady who impacted the lives of so many Lawton’s citizens.
This scholarship is designated for a student majoring in education and needing financial assistance in order to attain a degree. The scholarship is lovingly given by Christina’s daughters, Ion Hooper and Anna Claire Kuchta. Back to Scholarship Page