In 1897 Jessie Thatcher became the first woman to graduate from Oklahoma A&M College. She received a bachelor's degree with the second graduating class.
After graduation, she taught in Stillwater schools until her marriage to Henry A. Bost in 1902. The young couple lived in Stillwater before moving to Alva. During the ensuing years, Mrs. Bost and her husband raised a family in Alva and Cleveland. She continued to teach school and, until her death in 1963, was active in community affairs as well as in those of her alma mater.
The Jessie Thatcher Bost Room was established by her son, Armon H. Bost, in 1991.
Dedicated in October 1994, the H. Louise Cobb Room is a permanent tribute to a founding member of the Executive Board of the Friends of the OSU Library.
H. Louise (Boyer) Cobb graduated from Oklahoma A&M College in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in home economics. She was a charter member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and in 1948 served as its chapter president.
Mrs. Cobb, who died in 1992, was the wife of Mr. Ed Cobb, chief executive officer of Toklan Oil and Gas Company of Tulsa. Mr. Cobb and their three children donated funds to remodel the room and established a $100,000 endowment for the H. Louise Cobb and the Friends of the OSU Library Speakers Series.
Long-time Library supporters, Dean and Carol Stringer were the first donors to endow one of the 2004 group study rooms on the first floor of the Edmon Low Library.
Dean Stringer, President of the Friends of the OSU Library, said "Carol and I are pleased to make this gift. The study rooms improve the OSU Library and should be of particular benefit to students. What a perfect cause!"
Like many donors, a love of libraries inspired Katherine McCollom to endow a group study room at the OSU Library. "A library has always been a special place for me. Everywhere I've been, I have always enjoyed a library."
Once an OSU student herself, Katherine McCollom decided to help today's students by endowing one of the Library's new group study rooms.
The room is named the Tompkins-McCollom Study Room. McCollom chose to honor both her parents and her husband with the naming of the room. "The Tompkins is for my mother and father; the McCollom is my husband."
The Tompkins-McCollom Study Room is the second of 2004 study rooms to be endowed.
Four group study rooms are still available as naming opportunties for donors.
Contact Library Development at 405-744-6323 for details.