M.J. Van Deventer

Inducted: 1999

M.J. VAN DEVENTER (1940- ) served almost 30 years as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines throughout Oklahoma, before earning the position of director of publications for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and editor of Persimmon Hill magazine. Van Deventer began her career as lifestyle and entertainment editor for the Stillwater NewsPress before making her climb working at The Tulsa World, Fort Worth Star Telegram and The Daily Oklahoman. Later, she was appointed the editor of Oklahoma Home & Lifestyle Magazine, Tulsa Magazine, Tulsa Lifestyle, and all the while serving as director of publications for the Color Graphics Corporation in Tulsa.