LANGSTON — Community and university leaders said Mayor Blayne Hinds was a force to be reckoned with when it came to the town and the university he served.
Hinds will be remembered at a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. Friday at I.W. Young Auditorium at Langston University. Pollard Funeral Home in Guthrie is in charge of arrangements.
Hinds died Sunday. He was 68.
“He had such a way to get things accomplished,” said Linda Tillman, who worked with him the past eight years at Langston University's Oklahoma City campus, where Hinds was the associate vice president.
“He was a visionary. He truly loved the town of Langston and Langston University,” Tillman said.
Tillman said Hinds always was “so positive” and mild-mannered, but was unstoppable.
“He would do whatever was needed to get the job done,” she said.
Alexis Carter-Black, who worked with Hinds on economic development projects for the town of Langston, wrote on the funeral home website:
“We were faced with some strong opposition in the beginning from a most unexpected place and persevered through a few setbacks and a lot of red tape. After three years, the final result was a newly renovated City Hall, thirty streetlights, and banners to decorate the town. Through it all, Dr. Hinds kept a positive attitude, a pleasant disposition, and a smile on his face.”