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Carl Downing Ph. D.

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“Carl was a member of the old Oklahoma Human Rights Commission. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including: the Oklahoma Education Association’s Kate Frank Award for rendering courageous and significant service to advancing teacher welfare rights and professionalism, the NEA Leo Reano Award for leadership and profoundly impacting education for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, and the Making Mathematics Work for Minorities Award from the National Academy of Science.

As a professor at UCO, Carl followed his passion of contributing to education, especially advocating the education of Indian children. Selected by the NEA, Carl represented the United States as a guest of the Japanese teaching union.

A firm believer in charitable and community service, Carl directed the Feed the Hungry Program, a collaborative project with Leland Clegg and NW Christian churches. In addition, he volunteered for the Clegg Mobile Meals Program, was president of the Clegg Men’s Breakfast Program, and served as a Tornado Relief volunteer. Carl also enjoyed his service at the Oklahoma History Center, the Oklahoma Democratic Party, and the Mental Health Association Board.

Dr. Carl Downing died in 2014, following a long career as an educator, community leader, and advocate.

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