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Mary Gwyn Anson

Mary Gwyn Anson, American rehabilitation center executive.

Background

  • Anson, Mary Gwyn was born on March 19, 1938 in Cordell, Oklahoma, United States. Daughter of Hugh Rutherford and Rena Maye (Bonham) Maxwell.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Morningside College, 1962. Postgraduate, University Iowa, 1968. Postgraduate, Marycrest College, 1969.

      Postgraduate, Texas Tech University, 1981. Postgraduate, East Center University, 1985. Postgraduate, Oklahoma University, 1990.

    Career

    • Social worker, Cass County Public Welfare, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 1962-1965;social worker, Denver County Public Welfare, Denver, 1965-1966;protective service worker, Logan (Iowa) County Welfare, 1966-1967;supervisor, Scott County Welfare, Davenport, Iowa., 1968-1972;psychiatric therapist, Texarkana Mental Health Center, Texas, 1972-1974;supervisor protective services, Texas Department Public Welfare, Paris, 1974-1976;private counselor, Paris, 1976-1977;consultant, Oklahoma Association for Retarded Citizens, Oklahoma City, 1977-1981;executive director, Oklahoma Association for Retarded Citizens, Oklahoma City, 1981-1982;Chief Executive Officer,, EpiCenter, Inc., Oklahoma City, 1982-1995;coordinator social services, EpiCenter, Inc., Oklahoma City, 1982-1994;coordinator social services, Dara House, Phoenix Recovery, Inc., Oklahoma City, since 1995. Founder, consultant Youth Hotline, Davenport, Iowa, 1969. Consultant in field.

    Politics

    All human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty, then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    It is the person’s choice to be saved and one can fall from grace by not following God therefore losing salvation.

    Views

    Anyone may appear in hardship and poverty. Never give up in pursuit of happiness and one day you will find yourself in the right place, where God gives the sense of joy and assurances you are looking for.

    Membership

    Special foster parent Iowa Child Welfare Service, 1967-1968, Texas Child Welfare Services, 1975-1976. Member Consumer Advisory Board, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Oklahoma City, 1984-1988, president, 1985. President Client Assistance Program Advisory Board, Oklahoma City, since 1986.

    Board directors Governor Advisory Board on Handicapped Concerns, Oklahoma City, since 1983. Chaplain Oklahoma City Pilot Club, since 1984. Delegate Democratic State Convention, 1968.

    Member American Association on Mental Deficieny, National Conference Executives of Associations for Retarded Citizens, National Association Developmental Disabilities Managers, Oklahoma Association Workshops and Community Residential Facilities. Lodges: Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.), Order Eastern Star.

    Personality

    Interests

    Avocations: swimming, camping, cooking, renovating homes.

    Connections

    • Married Brooke Bowen Anson, December 22, 1957 (divorced 1961). 1 child, Michael William.
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    Born March 19, 1938