Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

E. H. McDonald

E. H. "Hack" McDonald - 1977

The year 1927 was the beginning of McDonald’s career in education.  He began as a teacher at Carter, later teaching, coaching or serving as an administrator at Walter, Verden, Gracemont and Noble.  For three years, 1942 to 1945, he was in the Army.  It was in 1947 that McDonald joined the Oklahoma Department of Education.  For the next nine years, until 1956, he worked in the Certification, Vocational Rehabilitation, Instruction and Indian Education Sections before being named deputy state superintendent.

For a time during the illness and after the death in 1968 of Dr. Oliver Hodge, longtime state superintendent, McDonald was acting superintendent. 

His picture is in the Oliver Hodge Education Building alongside those of all the other men who have held the state superintendent’s position.  He was honored as one of Oklahoma’s outstanding educators last year, and in 1968 the State Board of Education recognized him for meritorious service as a State Department of Education official.  He is considered the foremost authority on school law in Oklahoma. 

McDonald is a 32nd Degree Mason and belongs to the Oklahoma Consistory at Guthrie.  He is a member of the Putnam City Baptist Church, Oklahoma and National Education Associations and American Association of School Administrators, and is a past president of the Southwest OEA District.  Born in Cloud Chief, he attended the Lake Valley and Gotebo public schools.  In addition to the bachelor’s degree from Southwestern, he holds a master’s degree from Western State College, Gunnison, Colo. 

McDonald and his wife, the former Kathryn Waggoner of Lake Valley, are the parents of two children—Steve, the State Department of Education assistant director of finance, and Debie, a teacher in the Lake Jackson, Tex., elementary schools.