Services set for David Dary

David Dary, who led the University of Oklahoma’s journalism program transition from a school to its own degree-granting college, died March 15, 2018. He was 83.
Celebration of Life Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy Street, in Norman.
A Manhattan, Kansas, native, Dary was recruited to Norman in 1989 to lead the H.H. Herbert School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He previously served as a faculty member and administrator for 20 years at the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dary approached Edward L. Gaylord in the early 1990s requesting consideration for a $22 million gift to build a new journalism building and underwrite faculty positions and scholarships. The gift later became reality.
He was the author of several books and the recipient of numerous awards. Dary was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.
Dary taught at OU for 11 years before he retired in 2000 as professor emeritus and returned to writing.
Survivors include his wife, Sue; daughters Catherine Gandesbery of Norman, Carol Dunevant of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cynthia Rugolo of Annapolis, Maryland, and Cristina Aiken of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.