Archive for Sunday, May 16, 1999


May 16, 1999


Memorial services for Oscar M. Haugh, 90, a former Kansas University professor, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Private family inurnment services will be held in Pioneer Cemetery on the KU campus.

Mr. Haugh died Saturday, May 15, 1999, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 30, 1909, in Hallock, Minn., the son of Simon and Alma Haugh. He was the valedictorian of his high school class, graduating at age 16.

Mr. Haugh taught English education at KU from 1950 to 1979. He received the Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educator (HOPE) Award from the KU senior class of 1963. The telecommunications classroom in the renovated Joseph R. Pearson Hall, opening in fall 2000, will be named in his honor. At KU, he worked with students preparing to teach English, language arts, speech, drama, debate and journalism. He helped to establish the Fall English Conference at KU in 1952.

He attended Moorhead (Minn.) State Teacher's College for two years and then began teaching junior high school English in 1927. While teaching, he earned the bachelor's degree in education in 1931 and a master's degree in English education in 1940, both from the University of Minnesota. He taught in secondary schools in White Bear Lake, Minn., from 1928 to 1940 and at Wilson High School in St. Paul from 1940 to 1942.

He served during World War II in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India theater, working in cryptography and counterintelligence while also teaching classes at the University of Calcutta, India.

After the war, he taught at Wisconsin State College. In 1950, he completed his doctorate in English education at the University of Minnesota. He wrote 26 standardized tests and co-authored 29 standardized tests in reading comprehension, literature, writing skills, listening, college English placement and other areas for grades nine through 12. He also co-authored a high school textbook series, "Effective English."

Mr. Haugh was a member of Phi Delta Kappa for more than 50 years. In 1973, he was on the initiation team for the first women inducted into the KU chapter. He was a fellow of the National Council on Research in English. He also was a trustee of the Research Foundation of the National Council of Teachers of English and a founding editor of one of its journals, "English Education."

He was an active member of the KU Retirees' Club and Forum Club. He was a past president of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English. He also was a member of the International Reading Assn., the Conference on College Composition and Communications, American Association of University Professors and the National Education Assn.

Mr. Haugh was a member of the National Advisory Council of the KU School of Education and on the committee to plan the 100th anniversary of Bailey Hall. He had been a member of the KU Senate, University Council and other committees at KU.

In 1960 and 1961, Haugh was one of the KU professors who went to the University of Costa Rica in San Jose to set up a program to teach teachers of English as a second language.

He was chair of the Ministerial Examining Committee of the Central States Synod of the Lutheran Church in America from 1973 to 1983. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1952, he taught Sunday school classes for high school students. He was a member of the executive committee of the Kansas School of Religion from 1955 to 1965 and served on the board of Lutheran Campus Council.

Mr. Haugh was a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education and a specialist for the U.S. Armed Forces Institute. For 23 years, he was the head judge of the All Kansas Spelling Bee.

He married Rita Rosso on Dec. 20, 1947, in Minneapolis, Minn. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Rita Haugh Oates, Coral Gables, Fla.; a son, Dan A., Lawrence; four grandchildren; and two nieces.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family suggests memorials to the Oscar Haugh Memorial, KU Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence 66044, or to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H.

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