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Retired Professor, Industry Pioneer Receives Honorary Doctorate from OCU

Retired Oklahoma City University Professor Ruth Leebron Levenson is the school’s newest alumna. Levenson received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from President Robert Henry on Thursday.

Levenson began teaching accounting at OCU in 1966 after establishing a career at an Oklahoma City accounting firm during a time when women struggled to survive in the business world. Levenson taught at OCU for about 30 years, helped establish the university’s Master of Business Administration program in the Pacific Rim and served as an associate dean and dean of international programs.

Levenson is currently active on the boards for the Kerr Foundation, Oklahoma International Women’s Forum and the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City.

Among the memories Levenson has of her time at OCU is the role she played as advisor to many Iranian students during the time leading up to the 1979 Revolution.

“I counseled all the Iranian students who wanted to major in accounting,” she recalled. “The men did not like for a woman to tell them what they had to study.” However, Levenson successfully fulfilled her advisor’s duties, an experience that served her well when she taught in overseas programs for OCU in later years.