Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Yvonne Kauger

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Yvonne Kauger - 1986

Yvonne Kauger graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern in 1959 and finished first in her graduating class at Oklahoma City University Law School in 1969.  Governor George Nigh appointed Yvonne to the State Supreme Court in 1982, becoming the second woman to sit on that high bench. 

Yvonne is the daughter of John and Alice Kauger of Colony.  She is a gradate of Colony High School where she was Valedictorian. 

Yvonne stays active in her hometown where she is the founder of the Gallery of the Plains Indians.  In 1984 she was adopted by the Cheyenne-Arapaho tribes on ceremonial grounds in Colony. 

She was named Woman of the Year for 1984 by the Oklahoma City Chapter of Business and Professional Women’s Club and selected by High Noon as Woman of the Year in 1985.  She participated in and assisted in organizing Judicial Day at Girl’s State in 1976-80.  She delivered the keynote address at the Girls’ State Hall of Fame Banquet in 1984. 

She is a member of the Board of Directors of Lyric theatre and served as president of the board in 1981.  She was named to Outstanding Young Women of American in 1967. 

Yvonne is a member of numerous other clubs and organizations.  Yvonne is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Music society.  She is married to Ned Bastow who is the Assistant Attorney General. 

They have one daughter, Jonna, who is a third year law student at Boston College.