Rededication Ceremony Planned April 7 for Mary Mabry Savage Hall at SWOSU

Mary Mabry Savage 

A special rededication ceremony is planned Thursday, April 7, on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus in honor of Mary Mabry Savage, the first-ever female student at the Weatherford institution.

The married housing complex—Mary Mabry Savage Hall—will be rededicated at the 4 p.m. ceremony/reception. Family members and friends will be in attendance. SWOSU President Randy Beutler invites the public to also attend.

Mary Mabry Savage Hall is located at the corner of College and 7th Streets. The hall is located just south of where construction has started on the new Weatherford Event Center.

Mabry-Savage was 16 years old when she enrolled at Southwestern Normal on August 10, 1903. She and her father came from Leedey in an open, horse-drawn wagon, and Mabry-Savage enrolled in a course of study that was the equivalent of high school. She was one of 113 students to enroll that first day.

At the time, Weatherford was a wild cow-town four years before Oklahoma statehood with several saloons lining the main street of town. The first classes for Southwestern Normal were held in the Weatherford Congregational Church as well as several renovated saloons. Mabry-Savage was among the students who could hear the clink of glasses, the rattle of dice and the voices of gamblers in the adjacent saloons.

Mabry-Savage was the first of her family to attend classes at Southwestern. Several other family members who attended were daughter Lorena G. Males and grandson Dr. James L. Males, both who were inducted into the SWOSU Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 1996. Other family members who graduated from the university included prominent Los Angeles attorney Harry C. Mabry, former New Mexico Governor Tom Mabry, Colorado attorney John Mabry and many more.

Lynne Thurman, director of the SWOSU Institutional Advancement Office, said a reception will follow the brief ceremony.