Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Harry Mabry

Harry C. Mabry - 1981

Harry C. Mabry is a 1916 graduate of then Southwestern State College before receiving both his L.L.B. and J.D. from Yale University.

Mabry whose motto is “Faithful Work and Fervent Prayer,” has been named to both the “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World”.

Mr. Mabry’s speeches have garnered national attention, appearing in Vital Speeches of the Day. He has spoken at the Southwestern State Awards Assembly in 1964 as well as its commencement in 1960.

As a poet, Mr. Mabry’s work, Road to Yale was published in the Yale Law Report and was recited by Mabry as Chairman of the Class Reunion at its 50th Anniversary.

Mr. Mabry’s song writing achievements include the official Southwestern State University song, “Hail, Southwestern, Hail” as well as “Back to Mexico” which was premiered in Mexico City and “Yosemite” which was premiered at Yosemite National Park in California. Mr. Mabry is a member of the American Society of Composers, and Authors and Composers of Music in Mexico.

In 1956, Mabry began the Mabry Forensic Award which goes to the outstanding Forensic Student at Southwestern State. The winner each year gets his/her name added to a Forensic Plaque that hangs in the President’s Conference Room.