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Claud Kniffin

Claud Kniffin

Goodbye to a Friend: Claud Kniffin, 1920-2007

Story orginally ran in Perspectives Spring 2008

In late October, we lost our good friend, Claud Kniffin. Claud had been a member of the Friends of the OSU Library Board of Directors since 1998 and was a strong supporter of the OSU Library for many years. At the 2006 Cobb Speaker Series, the Friends of the OSU Library presented Claud with the group’s highest honor, the Edna Mae Phelps Award.

Sheila Grant Johnson, Dean of Libraries, said “It was an honor I know meant a lot to him, and I was so glad we were able to recognize his contributions in that way.”

If you were at the 2006 dinner, you heard Claud tell a wonderful story of his involvement with the Library. Claud’s association with the OSU Library began 70 years ago when he accepted a student position at the College Library. He came to OAMC when he was just 16 years old. It was his first time away from home and instead of making the short 30-mile trip to Norman, Claud opted to travel over 100 miles to attend OAMC.

His education served him well, and he has had a successful career that included being an educator, an administrator, and an outreach specialist for the Social Security Administration.

Claud said he had always known he was born to teach. He did spend time as a public school teacher, but regardless of his job position, he has always considered himself an educator. His commitment to education showed in his dedication to the Library.

If you knew Claud personally, you know he was a great storyteller. After his remarks, our keynote speaker, Michael Wallis, addressed him quite sincerely, and said “You’re a hard act to follow, Mr. Kniffin.”

We are going to miss Claud very much. He was a valuable and contributing member of the Friends Board. Claud attended every meeting and provided both wise counsel and historical context for proposed actions. He was always a staunch advocate for the best educational support for OSU students. His generosity has created a lasting legacy at OSU, and he will be remembered for a very long time.

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Claud Kniffin wins Friends’ Highest Honor

Story orginally ran in Perspectives Spring 2007

Claud Kniffin of Oklahoma City recently received the 13th-annual Edna Mae Phelps Award. The Edna Mae Phelps Award, the highest honor presented by the Friends of the OSU Library, was established in 1994 to honor the founder and first President of the Friends.

Claud’s association with the OSU Library began 70 years ago when he accepted a student position at the College Library. He came to OAMC when he was just 16 years old. It was his first time away from home and instead of making the short 30-mile trip to Norman, Claud opted to travel over 100 miles to attend OAMC. His education served him well, and he has had a successful career that included being an educator, an administrator and an outreach specialist for the Social Security Administration.

Claud will tell you he has always known he was born to teach. He did spend time as a public school teacher, but regardless of his job position, he has always considered himself an educator. His commitment to education shows in his dedication to the Library. Claud has been a member of the Friends of the OSU Library Board of Directors since 1998 and has been a strong supporter of the OSU Library for many years.

Associate Dean of Libraries and 2002 Phelps Award winner, Jennifer Paustenbaugh, nominated Kniffin. The President of the Friends of the OSU Library, Dean Stringer, presented the award and read from Paustenbaugh’s nomination: “A valuable and contributing member of the Friends Board, Claud attends every meeting and provides both wise counsel and historical context for proposed actions. He is a staunch advocate for the best educational support for OSU students.”

Kniffin has further provided for the long-term success of the University through a generous planned gift that will benefit both the Library and the College of Education.

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OSU Honors Alumnus

The Phi Kappa Phi chapter of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, honored Claud D. Kniffin, 1940 graduate of Oklahoma A. & M. College April 15, 2004, by electing him to membership in that organization which is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

The occasion for the honor was the annual banquet for the honor society where more than 300 current juniors and seniors of OSU were inducted into one of the premier honor societies in the world.

Kniffin was introduced to the group by Dr. Edward R. Johnson, recently retired Dean of the OSU Libraries and was given the symbol of membership by Dr. Mac McCroy, president of the OSU Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

Kniffin was also named an outstanding OSU alumnus by the chapter.

Kniffin worked in the OAMC library during his undergraduate days.

"Working in the library during my early college days was a significant part of my education. Meeting thousands of students and making many lifelong friends have been a tremendous plus to the quality of my life," Kniffin said.

Today, Kniffin serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the OSU Library.

Kniffin is a native of McClain County. He graduated from Rosedale High School in 1936.

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Contact

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