Stillwater News Press

October 4, 2012

Dr. Edwin E. Vineyard

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

— Dr. Edwin E. Vineyard, president-emeritus of Northern Oklahoma College, passed away at home at the age of 86 on Oct. 3, 2012.  Retiring in 1990, Dr. Vineyard lived in Ponca City until 2000 and since has resided at 3540 Chickadee Lane in Enid.  Private interment services for family only will be at the cemetery in Red Oak, Okla.  At his request, no public ceremony is planned.    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Edwin E. Vineyard Scholarship at the Northern Oklahoma College Foundation.

Dr. Vineyard is survived by his wife, Imogene, of the home, his son Dr. Edwin Roy Vineyard, vice president for NOC-Enid, and by Dr. Susan Perkins Vineyard, his daughter-in-law.  He was predeceased by his son, Louis Ray, in 1982.  His brother, Louis Raymond, was killed in war in Italy in 1944.  His father, John Raymond, died in 1947, and his mother, Bess Chronister Vineyard, passed away in 1988.  

Dr. Vineyard retired as president of Northern Oklahoma College in 1990 after 25 years of service.  He came there from Oklahoma State University where he had been Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Education.  He had served previously as a dean and head of teacher education at Southwestern State and as professor of psychology and counseling director at Panhandle State.  Dr. Vineyard's public school service included teacher and principal at Beggs, Mannford, and Davis.  

Dr. Vineyard was born on August 30, 1926, in the community of Alikchi in southeastern Okla. and educated at Monroe, Hartford (Ark.), and graduated at Wilburton.  After two years of wartime service in the U.S. Navy, he began college at Eastern Oklahoma State in the summer of 1946 and graduated from OSU in Jan., 1949.  He took his education MS in 1951 and his doctorate in psychology in 1955 from OSU.  After six years he returned to his alma mater as a professor.  Dr. Vineyard's service at OSU was primarily in graduate counselor education and supervision of doctoral research.  

Dr. Vineyard has published three books, the first in 1961 called The Profession of Teaching.  After retirement he published The Pragmatic Presidency and a religious book, Treasures from Luke.  He is the author of numerous articles in journals, book chapters, and other short publications, including poetry collections.  His latest book, titled Depression's Child, is a partial autobiography, as well as social history and commentary.  He has presented programs before state and national professional bodies.  

Dr. Vineyard has received many honors, including:  Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame (first class of inductees), National Transformational Leadership Award (U. of Tex.); governor's proclamation of Dr. Ed Vineyard Day in Oklahoma; Joint Resolution of Honor from the Oklahoma House and Senate; Bravo Award for service to public television; national Leadership Recognition Award (AACJC); building designations -- Vineyard Library Administration building at Northern Oklahoma College and the Vineyard Community Broadcast Center at OETA.  He has been named in several who's who directories.    

Dr. Vineyard married Imogene Mankin Vineyard at Red Oak First Baptist Church on Nov. 6, 1946, while both were in college at Wilburton.  She has been his life companion and partner.  They have had two children.  Louis Ray is deceased.  Dr. Edwin Roy Vineyard is vice president at NOC-Enid, and lives with his wife, Dr. Susan Vineyard at 3625 Willow Lake Lane.  

Dr. Vineyard's positions of educational and community leadership make a lengthy list.  He has served as chairman of the numerous boards and councils, including:  Oklahoma Council of Retired College and University Presidents, Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Foundation, Oklahoma Blue Cross and Blue Shield, OETA, Oklahoma College and University Presidents' Council, Bi-State Mental Health Foundation, state advisory board for mental health, a bank board, Oklahoma Personnel and Guidance Association, Kay-Noble Juvenile Services, Silver Haired Legislature committee, Commission on Small Rural Community Colleges (AACJC); North Central Association College accreditation teams, OEA professional relations commission, various state teacher certification standards committees, and the state legislative committee for OREA.  He has been a member of numerous other groups in education, guidance, accreditation, and psychology.  He has served as a deacon in several Baptist churches, and in various instructional and leadership positions. Public viewing, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, Waldrop Funeral Home, Wilburton, Oklahoma.