Fayette Copeland

Inducted: 1972

FAYETTE COPELAND (1895-1961) was a journalism educator (1921-61) and director of the School of Journalism (1947-61) at the University of Oklahoma, doubling the teaching staff, adding several degree patterns, developing the largest journalism scholarship program in the nation and spearheading the fund drive for the journalism building bearing his name. As a student at OU in 1916 he was one of four students who changed the campus newspaper to a daily and named it the Oklahoma Daily. His biography of George Wilkins Kendall, the first war correspondent, received the 1943 Texas Institute of Letters award as the best book about Texas that year. A large number of Oklahoma journalists received their first training from him.