Ralph and Maurine Fails


Ask Maurine Fails why she and her late husband, Ralph, supported Oklahoma Christian University for more than four decades and you get an emphatic response: “Christian Education!”

“There’s no place any better,” says the Sayre, Oklahoma, resident and retired schoolteacher. “I try to persuade people to send their kids up there where they will get a Christian education instead of some of the education they get at the state schools. I taught in the state schools for 41 years, so I shouldn’t be biased, but we had no possibility of teaching Christian education except through one-on-one contact with the individual.”

Ralph and Maurine Fails began a long relationship with Oklahoma Christian when it moved to its current campus in 1958. Ralph, who was a rancher, served for many years on the Board of Trustees.

Maurine has continued to support the university’s efforts in Christian education since Ralph’s death in 1993. Her personal recruiting efforts in her western Oklahoma community have been fruitful. She recently helped a young woman from her local congregation transfer from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford to Oklahoma Christian.

“We finally got her to go to Oklahoma Christian, and she just loves it,” Mrs. Fails said. “It makes such a difference for the people who go there. There’s nothing like it. I just want to see it keep growing and keep teaching Christian principles.”