Lauraleene Baxter Price Scholarship

The Lauraleene Baxter Price Scholarship was established by Lauraleene for students who struggle financially to attend college. Eligible students include anyone who can demonstrate financial need, while preference is given to science majors.

After receiving her degree in biological science, Lauraleene interned in medical technology at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. OCW was well represented at the hospital. Lauraleene, Beth Wellford and Barbara Lou Mills were all there at about the same time. Lauraleene’s first job was at “the new Chickasha Hospital and Clinic” about a year and a half later.

Lauraleene’s father called her to let her know that there was an opening at Springer Clinic. She moved back to Tulsa and worked at Springer for two years. Through the grapevine, she heard that Charter Oil Company (a subsidiary of Standard Oil) was looking for a medical technician. “It was a great job (no weekends),” she said.

The company began a merger with Humble Oil in Houston 12 years later. “I was supposed to move to New York City and work at 30 Rockefeller Center in our head office, but I had been dating John Price. We got married and I didn’t have to move,” she said. The couple was married for almost 25 years until John had heart bypass and didn’t live long after the surgery.

“Since then I’ve done lots of volunteer work -- spent summers in Colorado. It’s great to see how well our school is doing! It is still turning out well-educated people.”

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