Shafer memorial set for Sept. 6

The life and legacy of Dr. Ingrid Shafer, emerita professor of religion and philosophy, will be celebrated in a memorial service beginning at 3 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the Alumni Chapel.

Shafer memorial set for Sept. 6


Faculty, staff, alumni and friends will convene for a memorial service at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Sept. 6 to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Ingrid Shafer.

The service is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel.

Family members, colleagues, students and friends are slated to share their memories at the service.

A reception at the Stevens Alumni House will follow the memorial. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice-president for university advancement, will direct the service.

“While we have all mourned Ingrid’s passing in our own way, this is our opportunity to come together as a community to remember all that she was and all that we have gained from the fruits of her legacy,” Nealeigh said.

Shafer, who died in March, was a pillar of the campus community for more than four decades.

She joined the faculty of the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts (now USAO) in 1968 and was one of the key architects of the school’s pioneering interdisciplinary studies (IDS) program that put students into the classroom with two or more instructors from different disciplines throughout the broad core curriculum.

During her career, Shafer received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in College/University Teaching in 2002.

She received USAO Regents Research Awards in 1991 and 2000 and received the USAO Regent's Superior Teaching Award in 1981.

Shafer retired in 2009.

Shafer moved to Lafayette, Calif., to live with her son and his family in 2012.

She died on March 5, 2014 after a short illness at the age of 74.

More information about the memorial service can be obtained by calling (405) 574-1324.