USAO News Bureau

Memorial Service Set Saturday for Regent Malyne Hilburn

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Memorial services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, for devoted career educator Malyne L. Hilburn of Chickasha, a member of the University of Science and Arts Board of Regents.

Hilburn, 78, will be remembered by family, friends and members of the USAO campus family in a memorial service on Saturday in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel, 804 Utah Street, with Rev. McCarroll officiating.

Hilburn was born Dec. 27, 1927, in Oklahoma City, the daughter of Professor D.W. Lee Sr. and Elnora (Kornegay) Lee, both of whom were educators. She passed away at her home on May 26, 2006, with her family at her bedside.

Hilburn graduated from Douglas High School, received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Langston University and her master’s degree from Central State University. She continued her education in school administration from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and Colorado State University.

She was active in the Retired Teachers Association of Grady County, Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Sigma Theta, and was a member of First Baptist Church at First and Dakota, where she was the first vice president of general missions.

Hilburn has served on the Chickasha Library Board, Friends of the Library, American Association of University Women local chapter, Washita Valley Community Action Council, Southwest Youth and Family Services, Special Young Adults, Grady County Historical Society, and was appointed to a seven-year term on the USAO Board of Regents by former Gov. Frank Keating in 2000. She was chairwoman of the board in 2005.

Hilburn earned a distinguished record in education, with experience in teaching as well as administrative positions. She retired as the principal of Chickasha High School in 1990, after spending 38 years in secondary education in Pawnee, Oklahoma City, Millwood, and Anadarko, as well as Chickasha.

After retirement from the public schools, and before she was appointed to the USAO Board of Regents, Hilburn served as director of placement and counseling for six years at USAO. She earned a staff achievement award for outstanding service in 1994.

Numerous honors have recognized Mrs. Hilburn as an outstanding educator. She has been awarded three National Science Foundation Awards and three listings in the Distinguished Students List from Central State University. Mrs. Hilburn has been inducted into CHS Educational Hall of Fame. Beta Sigma Phi has recognized her twice with the Woman of the Year award. The City of Chickasha christened “Hilburn Avenue” in her honor.

She enjoyed gardening collecting old jazz music, and visiting with family and friends.

Hilburn was preceded in death by both parents; her first husband, Tommy E. Gallimore Sr., in 1970; and her second husband of 32 years, Malcolm Hilburn, in March 2005.

She is survived by her two children: Gayle Gallimore and her husband Jay Arnett, of Lawndale, California, and Tommy E. Gallimore and his children: Lauren and Lannie Gallimore, of Chickasha; step-son: Julius Hilburn and wife Jan, of Oklahoma City and their children: Bryan, Justin, and Jullian; stepdaughter, Maxine Hilburn and husband Charles Groce, of Hartford, Conneticut; brother and sister-in-law: Ronald and Ruby Lee of Oklahoma City; sisters-in-law: Audrey Lee and Eva Lou Boyd; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends.

Cremation was Mrs. Hilburn’s choice.