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1935 - 2019
Nov. 26, 1935 - Jan. 2, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY John C. Pickard Jr., former professor, lover of literature, film and the arts, passed away peacefully at age 83 on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. John was born Nov. 26, 1935, in Dubuque, IA to Dr. John C. Pickard Sr. and Marjorie Mehl Pickard. The family relocated to Oklahoma City in 1952 while John was still a student at Culver Military Academy, a college preparatory school located in Indiana (1951-1954 | Company C). John then embarked on a journey of higher education via Indiana University Bloomington, Oklahoma City University and Central State University. In addition, he served a stint in the U.S. Army Reserve as he settled down in Oklahoma City. John went on to be an assistant professor of English, Humanities and Film at the University of Central Oklahoma for 33 years (1968-2002). He also had the honor to serve as the film critic for the Oklahoma Gazette for 19 years (1984-2003), a role he enjoyed immensely. John was a passionate writer and visionary, even in retirement never one to be without a project whether it be manuscripts on film history, art, literature or his more recent focus on poetry. John also had great times in his early-mid adult years with his involvement in community theatre as an actor, writer and director. John was predeceased by his second wife, Sally Brown; and his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Gwen Pickard Jaques (son-in-law - Arthur Jaques), and Stephanie Pickard Wallace; his granddaughter, Alexandra Jaques; his brother, Ben Pickard; his nieces, Christina Pickard and Elissa Pickard Griffy; and his first wife, Joan Magruder Pickard. John's daughters will be hosting an open wake on Saturday, Jan. 26, 4-6 p.m. at "The Other Room" Picasso on Paseo | 3009 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103. "And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest" - William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2019
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