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
Bill Lowry was the founding Director of the Pioneer Library System and served as its director for
29 years. Prior to that position, he worked for the Oklahoma City Public Library. With Esther Mae
Henke and Virginia Owens, Bill was instrumental in the establishment of the multi-county concept
for Oklahoma. In March of 1958, he became Director of the multi-county pilot project that became
a reality when McClain County voted to participate in l960 and Cleveland County voted to become a
member in l961. In l978 Pottawatomie County joined the Pioneer Library System. When Bill retired
in l987, the Pioneer Library System covered three counties and had grown from two full service libraries
He led the effort to build a new Norman Public Library to house both the Norman Library and the
Pioneer Library System headquarters. That library opened in l966. In addition to Norman, during Bill’s
tenure new library buildings were built in Moore, Noble, and Purcell.
Bill was President of the Oklahoma Library Association in l959 and worked for better library legislation
throughout his career. He assisted in writing the enabling legislation that established the reoccurring
ad valorem tax levy solely dedicated to library systems. He then worked tirelessly to pass the constitutional
amendment. He served as Chairman of the Public Library Code Revision Committee that sponsored legislation
that later became the Oklahoma Library Code still in force today. Bill was truly a “Pioneer” in
establishing good library service in Oklahoma. He received the OLA Distinguished Service Award in