In Memoriam – Former OSLEP Associate Director Audrey Maehl


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Audrey Maehl, former associate director of the Oklahoma Scholar Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP), died on June 26, 2020, at the age of 89.

Born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., she held a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. She became the first Kingfisher Fellow in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma in 1953-54 and completed a master's degree in 1955.

In 1962, she married William H. Maehl, a professor of English History at the University of Oklahoma who later served as dean of the College of Liberal Studies—the precursor to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies—from 1976-1987.

Audrey served as associate director of OSLEP from 1978 until her retirement in 1987. Her professional career embraced positions in higher education and Presbyterian campus ministries at the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University and the University of Oklahoma.

The Maehls moved to Santa Barbara, California, following their departure from OU, where Wiliam became president of the Fielding Institute. The couple retired to Santa Fe, N.M., in 1992.

In 1994, Audrey established the J. Clayton Feaver Scholarship to honor the renowned professor’s contributions to OU’s Philosophy Department, where he had served as Kingfisher College Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. The scholarship was awarded to undergraduate Philosophy majors and Ethics and Religion majors.

Audrey Maehl is survived by her daughter, Christine Snow, and three grandsons, Samuel, Benjamin and Thomas.

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