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Award-winning historian of West, author dies at 85

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 29, 2009 at 4:55 am •  Published: December 29, 2009
Historian, author and journalist Stanley Hoig died Saturday. He was 85.

Hoig was a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame and the Edmond Hall of Fame.

He wrote extensively about Western history, American Indian relations and the city of Edmond. His work has been recognized with many awards. This year, his book "The Chouteaus” was named a finalist in the nonfiction category of the Oklahoma Book Awards.

Hoig was born in Duncan and grew up in Gage. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II before attending Oklahoma State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

He taught at the University of Central Oklahoma for 23 years and was named a professor emeritus of journalism.

Hoig is survived by his wife, Patricia, his sons, Mel and Brent of Edmond, and daughter, Lisa Walter, and her husband, Jerry, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 325 E First, Edmond. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the UCO Foundation, the Oklahoma Historical Society, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church or other charities.

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