NORMAN — Former Assistant State Superintendent Dr. Ramona Paul died unexpectedly Sunday night.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Paul,” said Janet Barresi, Oklahoma State Department of Education State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “She is the pioneer who made early childhood education possible for the state of Oklahoma. We want to recognize all of her tremendous contributions to the profession and to students and families throughout our state. Our prayers and thoughts go out to her family.”
Paul suffered a stroke while vacationing in Idaho. News of her death came early Monday morning.
Paul began working for the State Department of Education in 1977 as an early childhood specialist. During her time as assistant state superintendent, Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 in the nation for early childhood. She retired from the department in 2011.
Dr. Paul previously served on the faculty at Oklahoma State University, at Texas Women’s University in Denton, at the University of Alabama, and at Purdue University in Indiana where she completed a Ph.D.
In addition, she worked as a graduate assistant at Iowa State University. She also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Oklahoma and East Central University as well as in administrative positions in Oklahoma City and Edmond Public Schools.
Dr. Paul was named Oklahoma Today’s 2009 Oklahoman of the Year.
Funeral arrangements are being made through Smith & Kernke, memorial services have yet to be announced.