Oklahoma Library Legends
Carnegie, Andrew Foundation
Delphian Clubs and Societies
Ferguson, Milton J.
Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)
Frasier, Sally Freeman
Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma
Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)
Friends of Tulsa City-County Library
Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan
Gates, Bill & Melinda Foundation
Hardesty, Roger & Donna
Henke, Esther Mae
Johnson, Edward R.
Lowry, William (Bill)
Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)
Marable, Mary Hays
Martin, Allie Beth
Masters, Anne Rounds
McGlenn, Alma Reid
Morgan, Anne Hodges
Motter, Robert T., Jr.
Motter, Robert T., Sr.
Norberg, Lillian Born
Parker, Mrs. J.C.
Phelps, Edith Allen
Phillips, John & Vicki
Porter, Cora Case
Ratliff, Julia Brady
Ray, Dee Ann
Robbins, Louise S.
Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou
Segal, Bob & Pat
Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)
Townsend, Mrs. Hosea
Troy, Forrest (Frosty)
Wentroth, Mary Ann
Women's Federated Clubs
Women's Clubs of Oklahoma
Zarrow, Henry & Anne
When Professor Mildred Laughlin retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1992, she had been a
teacher for fifty years, and she was yet to be inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.
Professor Laughlin had had a successful career in Kansas school libraries when she left Wichita
during the 1960s to become the first elementary school librarian in Norman and to pursue a doctorate
at OU. Upon her graduation, she accepted a faculty position at the University of Southern Mississippi
and later at the University of Iowa before returning as a tenured professor to OU where she continued
to dedicate her teaching and research to young people and to libraries.
While at OU, she founded the Festival of Books Conference; created school library courses that were
adopted across the School’s curriculum; promoted children’s and young adult literature
as a joy and an art worthy of literary criticism; established the Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award;
created the Mildred Laughlin Scholarship, adding to that fund, even to this Centennial, through
the legacy of her book royalties; and earned the Oklahoma Library Association’s Distinguished
Service Award. Guiding this generous life, were the vision that literature for young people is an
avenue through which one can form positive relationships with all library communities and the vision
that reading pleasure reinforces literacy skills and engages young people in responses that lead
to critical and creative thinking.
For her students, she was a beloved mentor and friend who inspired their lifelong enthusiasm for
libraries and their confidence that they could create rich and happy learning environments. The inspiration,
one can imagine, that she once offered a one-room Kansas school, she brought full circle on a June
evening in 1994 when she was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame. In that acceptance speech,
her last formal presentation, she spoke of various members of the audience, validating and inspiring
one and all, as she explained what each had contributed, as student, friend, and colleague, to libraries,
to education, and to her life.