Margaret Renz Replogle - 1983
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame member, Margaret Renz Replogle, was born in Odessa, Russia, where her father was an Indo European telegrapher. When she was only a small, her parents, Jacob and Marie Renz, decided to leave the wealth and prosperity of their heritage and move their young family of six away from Russia’s increasing turmoil and impending bloody revolution. On Aug. 15, 1911, they boarded the passenger ship Hanover for the 22-day trip to the United States. After visiting with relatives for several weeks in Hillsboro, Kan., the Renz family settled on farmland at Weatherford. Mrs. Replogle remembers well the hours she spent helping bale hay, chop corn, milk cows, and wash the family laundry on scrub boards.
Determined and intensely interested in acquiring an education, she worked for the Ben Kramer’s for her room and board while attending high school and college. Upon receiving her coveted Bachelor of Science degree, she began teaching school in Erick. She later accepted a position as a laboratory technician in the University of Oklahoma Medical School Histology and Embryology Department, and still later became an X-ray technician in the Balyeat, Hay fever and Asthma Clinic in Oklahoma City where she met her future husband, Dakotah Replogle. They were married in 1944. Since the loss of Mr. Replogle in 1957, Margaret has kept an active volunteer involvement with a number of organizations.
In 1975, Mrs. Replogle made a $38,400.00 contribution to Southwestern Oklahoma State University for the purpose of establishing a permanent scholarship fund and named the Margaret Renz Replogle Scholarship. The Replogle Chapel at the First Christian Church in Oklahoma City was funded in the amount of $35,000.00 by Mrs. Replogle in 1978. In 1982, Margaret presented Deaconess Hospital a gift for $100,000.00 earmarked for equipment and furnishings for the hospital’s center for new born infants. The gift was one of the largest in the hospital’s history. The center has been named the Margaret R. Replogle Neonatology Center.
Mrs. Replogle was involved in the organization of the Ladies Advisory Board of the Deaconess Home and served three terms as president. She also was active in planning the new home which was completed in 1971. She served on the executive committee and co-chaired the fund drive for the home, contributing $40,000.00 toward its construction. The Margaret R. Replogle Endowed Chair in Religion was established at Oklahoma City University through the generous gift of $250,000.00 in memory of her late husband, D. Replogle. She received an honorary doctor’s degree from OCU at the commencement ceremonies in 1982.
She also endowed $200,000.00 for music scholarships at UCO in 1965 and 1967. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the Salvation Army and Women’s Auxiliary. She donated total funds ($100,000.00) for the “Heart of the Hills” Salvation Army Chapel in Tahlequah, and donated total funds of $100,000.00 for a new Salvation Army Chapel being built in Oklahoma City.
She is on the Administrative Board of her church, St. Luke’s United Methodist; the Ladies’ Advisory Board of the Home of Redeeming Love; and a member of the Board of the Willow View Psychiatric Treatment Center in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City woman is a co-organizer of the Junior Auxiliary to the Salvation Army and has been its advisor for more than 10 years.
She is an active participant in the Big Sisters organization, a staunch supporter of World Neighbors, the Oklahoma City Symphony, and the Oklahoma Art Center. In 1970 she established, and since has made sizable contributions to a fund in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, with annual proceeds going to World Neighbors and the Salvation Army.
Mrs. Replogle is the sixth of eight children. Her two younger brothers were born in the United States. One brother, Oscar Renz, also graduated from Southwestern, where he lettered in basketball and served for a time as postmaster of Weatherford. He now lives in Torrance, Calif. Other members of her family are two brothers—Reverend F.J. Renz, Coronado, Calif., and Richard Renz, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Her sisters are Mrs. Walter (Emma) Kaiser, Santa Fe, N.M.; Miss Peggy Renz, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. Ben (Adelia) Kissler, Denver, Colo., and Elinor Anderson, who died from an accidental drowning.
Margaret passed away in 1994.