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Ireland, John B.1947

D.O.D 08/12/2012 - His funeral will be at Central Christian Church, Wednesday, August 15. Dr. Lloyd Lambert, Ď51, Johnís brother-in-law, will help with the eulogy. Martha Dillon Lambert Ď 51 is a sister to Maxine Dillon Ireland.

(from Bob Gartman)
Dr. John Ireland, who taught and served as Director of Teacher Education at Phillips University from 1969-91 died August 11 at his home in Enid. A 1947 graduate of Phillips, John is survived by his wife Maxine Dillon Ireland, Ď 48, sons Tim and Tom (both PU alumni), two grandchildren and other relatives. John came to Phillips from Florence, KS to begin college in 1941 but interrupted his college work to serve in the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific during WWII. He returned to Phillips, a Lt., played basketball, and married Maxine in 1948. He began his teaching career at Rose Hill, KS, (southeast of Wichita) but was recalled to the military for service in Korea in 1951. When he returned, he remained in the Marine Reserves for some 20 years, retiring as a Lt. Col.

The Irelandís spent 14 years teaching in Mulvane, KS, parenting their sons, earning graduate degrees at Wichita State and his doctorate at the U. of Wyoming. In Mulvane, he rose from prositions in classroom teaching to principal to Superintendent. He then was Supt. of Turner District in Kansas City before joining the faculty at Phillips. At Phillips he had a good impact on schools and teachers in northwest Oklahoma, was a member of the Enid School Board for 21 years, a member of the Police Commission and a member of the Board for the Hedges Speech and Hearing Center. For more than 40 years John and Maxine have been leaders in Central Christian Church of Enid where he was an usher, deacon and elder.