Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Rudie & Gladys Janzen

Rudie & Gladys Janzen - 1984

Rudie and Gladys (Jarvis) Janzen have lived in Bartlesville where Rudie worked as an accountant for Phillips Petroleum Company.  After working as an accountant, he was selected to join the Company’s System and Procedures Group. 

This group was responsible to review all company clerical procedures and write new ones when needed.  The procedures frequently involved major accounting, payroll or other company activities.  In 1956-57 he helped organize the Company’s Computing Department.

 He served as a supervisor in the Computing Department until retirement in 1972.  Due to his family’s relocating so often, he attended several elementary and secondary schools.  He completed his degree at Southwestern and taught at Watonga, Hinton, Duncan, and Chickasha.  He also taught in the Armored Force School, U.S. Army in Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Following his teaching career, he joined Phillips Petroleum Company. 

Janzen has been active in the Methodist Church in each town where he has lived and also active in the Sunday school program.  He has been an active Boy Scout Leader for 35 years and awarded many of the top scouting awards and served on several scout councils and national committees. 

He received the President Award for Outstanding Scouting Service in 1960.  Rudie has spent many years improving education for the handicapped citizens of Oklahoma.  He is a past president of ht Parent Guardian Association of the Enid State School, Parent Guardian Association, Hissom Memorial Center, Oklahoma Association for Retarded Citizens, and Regional Vice-President of the Oklahoma Association for Retarded Citizens. 

He served under four governors on the Oklahoma Advisory and Planning Council for the Development Disabilities Services.  In 1977 he was awarded the “Helen Johnson Memorial Award” as the Outstanding State Officer of the Oklahoma Association for Retarded Citizens. 

In 1981, he received the “Citizen of the Year” plaque from the Bartlesville Uptown Civitan Club.  Gladys Janzen is a native of Cache, Oklahoma.  She spent one year at Southwestern and then taught two years in the Elgin Public School System as a grade school teacher.  She returned to Southwestern and completed her degree in 1930.  She taught at Cloud Chief until June 1932, at which time, she and Rudie were married and then moved to Duncan.  While in Duncan she worked two years for the Emergency Relief Agency as a field investigator. 

They then moved to Chickasha where she worked for the Chickasha Board of Education.  Gladys attended the Methodist Church and was active in the church choir at both Duncan and Chickasha.  She has been a regular in the church choir at Bartlesville for the past 35 years. 

In 1954 she organized a Mental Health Association.  She served six years on the Board of Directors of the State Mental Health Association.  She was named “Woman of the Year” by the Oklahoma Mental Health Association for the State of Oklahoma.  Gladys spent 16 years as an employee of Phillips Petroleum Company working as a chemist’s assistant in the Company’s Research Department. 

She retired in 1967 and spent two years working part-time as a volunteer social worker in a home for retarded citizens.  Starting in 1971, she started an eight-year term as a member of the Bartlesville Community Concert Board.  In 1978 and 1979 she managed the Annual Membership Campaign. 

Rudie and Gladys have two sons—Jay and James—and two grandchildren. (Paul and Carla)

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