By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid resident Edwin E. Vineyard, president of Northern Oklahoma College from 1965 to 1990, leaves a legacy of education for generations of Oklahomans and Enid residents.
Vineyard, 86, died Wednesday at his Enid home after an illness of more than a year.
Vineyard served two years in the Navy during World War II, then enrolled at Eastern Okla-homa State in 1946.
He graduated from Oklahoma State Univer-sity in 1949, and remained there to complete a master’s degree and Ph.D.
“Growing up during the Depression and serving in WWII, his whole life was about how we get people educated,” said his son, Edwin R. Vineyard, now vice president for the Enid campus at NOC.
“He loved education and he believed every child should be able to get an education,” said Imogene Vineyard, who survives her husband.
Vineyard oversaw the launch of NOC classes in Enid in the mid-1980s. NOC’s first classes at Enid were on the campus of Phillips University, with NOC instructors driving to Enid to teach.
“He was the visionary of trying to get public higher education in back in the 1980s,” Edwin R. Vineyard said.
In 1990, the city of Enid built a higher education center where NOC, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University offered classes.
Phillips University closed its doors a few years later, shifting the landscape of higher education in Enid.
“We acquired the full-time staff here in 1996,” Edwin R. Vineyard said.
The city then donated the higher education center to NWOSU, the younger Vineyard said.
Vineyard was among the first group inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame and received numerous other honors during his career.
“He was instrumental in working with the state regents in articulation, in budgeting issues, in how money was given to colleges,” his son said. “Everything we take for granted in higher education today, he was one of the people who had the idea. He’s one of the real giants of higher education in Oklahoma, and one of the ones who brought it forward to what it is today.”
There will be no public funeral. A family only service will be at the Red Oak Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Edwin E. Vineyard Scholarship through Northern Oklahoma College Foundation.