Reba N. Collins

Inducted: 1998

REBA N. COLLINS (1925-2005) has a distinguished lifetime of writing and scholarship in Oklahoma, and was a national speaker and book author, recognized as the foremost Will Rogers scholar. A native of Shawnee, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Central State University, and a masters and doctorate from Oklahoma State University, where her dissertation was “Will Rogers, Writer and Journalist.” After serving Central State as journalism professor and in public relations from 1958 to 1975, she was the director of the Will Rogers Memorial until 1989.