Marilyn B. Ogilvie

Alumni Graduate Fellowship


On Dec. 31, 2008, Dr. Marilyn B. Ogilvie retired as curator of the University of Oklahoma’s History of Science Collections and professor in the History of Science Department.  Many of you know Marilyn from several different contexts: as a student in history of science in the 1960s and 1970s, and later as a library and information studies student; as a frequent instructor in our department in the 1980s while she was on the faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University; and, since 1991, as curator of the Collections and professor.    

A seminal authority and prolific contributor to many fields in the history of science, especially in the examination of women in science, Marilyn has been a superlative teacher and a dedicated servant to the profession, our program and the University.  As curator of the Collections, she expanded its holdings from 79,000 to 94,000 volumes, inaugurated a support group – the OU Academy of the Lynx – and expanded access to the Collections under the Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship Program.  The recipient of teaching awards at both OBU and OU, Marilyn served on numerous MA and PhD committees here and elsewhere, and inspired students for over four decades to consider the history of science as a profession.

To recognize her outstanding achievements, we are undertaking a private fundraising campaign to endow the Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie Alumni Graduate Fellowship.  The fellowship will provide scholarships for top graduate students and support for their teaching /research.  Our goal is to raise at least $100,000, and we already have received a generous $50,000 lead gift. I write to ask you to consider joining us with your own gift to this special fellowship.

All gifts are tax-deductible and much appreciated.  For more information on making a gift, please contact David Quirk, director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences, at (405) 325-3724 or  Thank you for your consideration of this project to honor an exceptional person in the History of Science Program.


Steven J. Livesey

Professor and Department Chair