Faculty Hall of Fame Award 2002
Dr. Loren McKeown was born in Ada, Oklahoma and graduated from Ada High School in 1952. After graduation he served for three years in the Marine Corps. He then worked as a ward attendant at Central State Hospital in Norman while attending the University of Oklahoma where he received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master of education in English, counseling and guidance. He taught English at Davenport High School for four years and served as principal two of those years. He returned to college at Oklahoma State University earning a doctor of education in higher education and English. He taught English at Peru State College in Nebraska for two years before coming to Cameron in 1969 where he remained until his retirement in 1997. He was chair of the Language Arts Department for 13 of his 28 years here.
His involvement at Cameron included the teacher education council, title III evaluation committee chair, supervision of English students in the Camstep program, English department personnel committee and search committee chairs, campus coordinator for the United Way campaign and coordinator of interscholastic contests for area high school students. He is an active member of his church and served as a representative to Cameron Campus Ministry.
Honors include membership in the professional education association Phi Delta Kappa, member and professor of the year designee of Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society, and member and distinguished faculty award recipient of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. Dr. McKeown was instrumental in bringing to campus Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
In reviewing the nomination letters submitted by his colleagues and students, you find the words intelligent, compassionate, knowledgeable, open, honest, accessible to students, courageous in his hiring decisions, always strived for a diverse group of faculty members with a wide range of talents, and a leader who encouraged and motivated other faculty members.