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Memoir

Loren Lamont Okey
Regents' Proceedings 332

LOREN LAMONT OKEY, Professor of Speech Communication and Theatre, Retirement has retired from the active faculty as of May 31, 1979, after a distinguished career as a teacher, writer and national leader in the field of oral interpretation.

Professor Okey received his B.A. degree from Cornell College in 1940 and after serving as a high-school teacher and in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he came to The University of Michigan where he earned his M.A. in 1946 and his Ph.D. in 1951. He joined the Michigan faculty in 1947 as a lecturer, advancing to instructor in 1948 to assistant professor in 1953, to associate professor in 1960, and to professor in 1964.

Professor Okey, one of the department's most popular teachers, also served as a counselor to both undergraduate and graduate students, being member and chairman of many dissertation committees, and as chairman of the oral interpretation committee of the department. He was active in state, regional and national associations and carried out a number of functions for the Oral Interpretation Interest Group of the Speech Association of America, among them that of chairman in 1957-58. Two of the books he co-authored have been widely used in universities throughout the country. For his contributions to the field he was honored in 1971 by the Michigan Speech Association with a Distinguished Service Citation and an honorary Life Membership.

Professor Okey was not only an outstanding teacher of oral interpretation, he was also a skilled performer of that art. His services as a reader and speaker were in great demand by groups throughout the state and in other parts of the country.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator for his noteworthy contributions to his field by naming him Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication and Theatre.