Fred Voight Award for Excellence in Science

Established by his daughter Dr. Virginia Roeder Wenger, the scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who is outstanding in science.

The Fred Voight Award for Excellence in Science was established by Dr. Wenger in memory of her late father, a Grady County pioneer from Tuttle. 

Born in Iowa, the seventh son of German immigrants, Voight lived in both Oklahoma Territory and Indian territory.  Before World War I, he and his brothers farmed the Johnson Ranch on the banks of the South Canadian River, now part of Braum’s Dairy.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1917-1918, first in the 45th Division, then the 28th Pennsylvania Keystone Division.  He served in France in 1918 and was in the battles of the Fifth German Offensive, Ourcq and Vesle, Meuse-Argonne, and the Thiacourt Sector.  An infantry soldier, he was a messenger (category characterized by the highest number of deaths) and he often translated when German prisoners were captured.

After the war in 1919, he married Adda Mitchell, a teacher who graduated from OCW in 1937.  A farmer all of his life, Voight lived and farmed east of Tuttle from 1920 to 1989, when he died shortly before his 94th birthday. 

His daughter Virginia was a 1946 graduate of OCW and later earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees from John Hopkins University.  She became the first woman in 150 years to serve as Deputy Superintendent of the Baltimore City Public Schools, retiring in 1985.  In 1992 she married Dr. Alvin Wenger, department head of Otolaryngology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

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