Dr. Pride, Bonnie L. 1988
Dr. Bonnie L. Pride’s career took her to the classroom, the presidency of a computer software company, and to the political world. Following her 1948 graduation from Oklahoma College for Women, Dr. Pride earned her master's degree in education at the University of Houston. Later she earned a second master's degree and her doctorate at the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Her first teaching position was in the Houston Public Schools in mathematics beginning in 1952. She also taught math in the Springfield, Mass., Public Schools from 1955-60. Joining the OCW faculty in 1961, Dr. Pride taught college math at this university until 1981, when she became president of ComputeRx Inc., a computer software company. An outstanding classroom teacher, Dr. Pride was named "Teacher of the Year" at OCLA in 1966. But, her service to the university extended far beyond the classroom. She served the steering committee that produced "New Dimensions in Higher Education," the blueprint for the university's liberal arts curriculum. From 1966-88, she was instrumental in developing the curriculum for computer sciences courses at USAO. During this time, she was twice elected president of the Faculty Association. Dr. Pride was named president of the Grady County Democratic Women's Club, served as campaign chairwoman for Congressman Dave McCurdy's 1979 campaign, invited to the White House as a member of the Democratic Delegation from Oklahoma, served as president of the local chapter of Business and Professional Women, and named Beta Sigma Phi's "Woman of the Year" in 1982.