Duncan to be inducted into Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 11, 2018) – Longtime Eastern Oklahoma State College professor Marilynn Duncan will be inducted into the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 28. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

Duncan retired from Eastern in 2017 after teaching psychology and sociology full time for 42 years. Following her retirement, she returned to her hometown of Muskogee and continues to teach online courses on a part-time basis.

Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith said Duncan has dedicated her entire career to educating students in southeast Oklahoma and is deserving of this significant honor.

“Throughout her career, Ms. Duncan has been a positive influence on thousands of students through quality instruction, strong leadership and a caring attitude. Her impact on their lives is immeasurable,” Smith said. “We are happy and grateful that Ms. Duncan’s incredible contributions to education will be recognized in the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame.”

In April, the Eastern Oklahoma State College Board of Regents recognized Duncan’s longtime service to the college by naming a classroom in her honor. A bronze plaque featuring Duncan’s photo and biography is now permanently displayed outside her former classroom in Mitchell Hall.

Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in psychology and sociology and a master’s of education degree from Northeastern State University. She began her teaching career at Eastern in 1975. During her tenure, Duncan was selected by her peers to receive the 2015 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and was named Teacher of the Year by Eastern students on six occasions. She also served as the dean of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division from 1984 to 2017, while also serving on numerous academic and faculty committees.

A believer in the value of student organizations, Duncan created Eastern’s Psychology Club which she sponsored for 25 years. She also sponsored the Eastern chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 35 years.

In addition to her academic service, Duncan is also a former board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), an organization that supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children. She was inducted into the Muskogee Service League’s Hall of Fame and is an active member of two national service sororities, Delta Sigma Theta and Phi Delta Kappa.

Duncan will be recognized at the Eighth Annual Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony with nine other educators. The 2018 inductees include Amelia Louise Swain Alford, Dr. Ann Marie Allen, Emma Lee Jones Freeman, James L. Furch, Joyce Ann Henderson, Benjamin Harrison Hill, Judith Ann Carter Horton, Delois Ann McGee and James A. Senter.

Tickets to the ceremony are available for $60 each by calling 918-260-8132.

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