Lorraine Wooster Eck Scholarship
Lorraine Wooster was born on a farm in the Verden area west of Chickasha in 1920. Her father supplemented the farm income by working in Chickasha as a butcher. Lorraine graduated from Chickasha High School in 1937 and through great sacrifices by her mother, she had taken piano lessons and was already quite accomplished as a musician when she enrolled in OCW to pursue a music education degree.
When out of school in the summers, she attended Oklahoma A&M and Central State College to further her requirements for teacher’s certification. With continued help from her mother, she received her bachelor’s in music education in 1941. That summer she worked in a bakery while waiting for a teaching job in Temple, Oklahoma.
It was after graduation that she met her husband to be, Arthur Rubottom, who was managing Teel’s Grocery in Chickasha. She later taught at Cement, Dundee and Healdton. During the summers and after school hours, she taught private piano, organ and voice. She began teaching private lessons full time in 1946.
Her first child, Marta, was born during this time. Marta, following in her mother’s footsteps, also graduated from OCW with a major in piano. Her younger daughter also began her college work at OCW. Arthur, meanwhile, with hours of study and hard work, put in Rubottom’s T.V. Sales and Service Co. in Healdton while Lorraine continued her private lessons. Sadly Arthur passed away in 1975. Lorraine had no choice but to close out the T.V. business and continue with her private lessons.
In 1989, she was married to Kenneth Eck who had also lost his spouse by death. Kenneth, a pharmacist and co-owner of Eck Drug with his son Mark, had retired in 1987. Lorraine had given up her teaching when they married, but at the urging of an insistent parent, she took on only two students.
In 1984 she was honored as Healdton’s “Christian Woman” for outstanding Christian service. She received Healdton’s coveted Lucille Hughes Award for outstanding community service in 2002. A Citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives was given to her on the basis of her community service.
She loved OCW and finally becoming familiar with USAO’s scholarship program, decided to venture into a scholarship combining her maiden name and current last name. The scholarship is designated for a music education major.