Kathryn Empie spent a lifetime in service to the college. She graduated from OCW in 1942 with a degree in speech. Much of her life after that was devoted to helping USAO become the outstanding university it is today.
Her service to the college included serving two terms on USAO's Board of Regents, serving as chairman of that board for two years as well as serving as vice chairman and secretary. She helped establish the USAO Nash Library Society and delivered the commencement address in April 1977.
Besides being an avid supporter of USAO, Empie also devoted much of her time to civic and community affairs. She has a member of the First Christian Church in Oklahoma City, serving on the administrative board, as a Deaconess, and as youth group teacher. She was the first chairman of the Jewel Box Theatre Board of Directors, served on the YMCA's Board of Directors and helped establish a Children's Theatre with the Mummer Theatre and the Oklahoma Theatre Center. She was a director of the Oklahoma Museum of Art and a board member of the Donna Nigh Foundation for the Mentally Retarded.
While an active OCW student, she acted in several OCW drama productions and played theatre stock at the Little Theatre of the Rockies in Greeley, Colo. After graduation from OCW, she was employed as a stewardess for American Airlines for two years, serving a year as an instructor in its Stewardess School in New York City.
In 1967, she earned a master's degree in communications disorders from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center. She was granted a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech and Language Pathology by the American Speech and Hearing Association in 1969 and taught speech therapy in the Oklahoma City school system for two years, followed by private practice and volunteer work with Cerebral Palsy patients.
She was named to the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame in 1989. The scholarship is given to an Oklahoma student in the field of speech and language therapy. Back to Scholarship Page