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Isabel Keith Baker
1997 Inductee

Dr. Isabel Keith Baker was born in Row, Oklahoma in 1929. Isabel attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah from 1946-1950 where she majored in speech, drama, and home economics. From Tahlequah, she enrolled at Oklahoma A&M College in 1950 and graduated with a master’s degree in educational curriculum and instruction in 1952. After spending time at Morehead State University in Kentucky, Dr. Baker and her husband Tim returned to Oklahoma.  She earned her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Oklahoma State University in 1974. In addition, Isabel taught at several schools in Oklahoma during her 43 year educational career and retired from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah as Professor Emeritus in 1994.

Dr. Baker served on the OSU A&M Board of Regents from 1991-1999 and played a major role in the renovation of Willard Hall as the home for OSU’s College of Education.

Isabel has received many honors through the years. In 1997, she was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.  She was also named Oklahoma Mother of the Year in 1978 and was inducted into the OSU’s College of Education Hall of Fame in 2005.

Isabel, along with her late husband Tim, have three children. She remains active in the Tahlequah community.

(Bio current as of 2008)