Oklahoma State University


Helen Thompson
2011 Inductee

Helen Thompson was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and grew up there. She graduated from Northeast High School and then moved to Virginia to attend Mary Baldwin College. After a year in Virginia she returned to Oklahoma and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. She became a Home Service Consultant for OG+E and helped people learn how to use an electric range. She later earned a master's degree in counseling from East Central State University.

Thompson’s career has focused on the welfare of children, domestic violence and abuse prevention, and sheltering those who are forced to leave their homes. Thompson was one of the founders and officer of the Family Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Ardmore and has also been a trustee and officer of the Children's Shelter, YWCA, and the Greater Southwest Historical Museum. She served as the executive director of the C/SARA Foundation, an Ardmore non-profit that trains adults in schools to assist students in dealing with tragedies. In 2006, Thompson was recruited by the Ardmore Higher Education Center to create Senior University. The program received national recognition by the Association for Continuing Higher Education as an Adult Model Program. In 2011, Thompson was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.

She has two sons, John and James, and continues to work to make Oklahoma a better place.

(Bio current as of 2011)