There is time for some last minute RSVPs for the Duncan High School class of 1964 reunion which is slated for Oct. 5, but the reunion team also has a special scholarship they have established to honor a classmate.

Jan. 8, 1964 Tama Hallmark then, 17, was the victim of a brutal beating and stabbing.

According to initial reports in The Duncan Banner, Hallmark, the day after, “was in critical condition at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City where she was being treated for a severe brain injury, collapsed lung and approximately 50 knife wounds.”

Classmates Randy Fisher and Lawrence Herndon were in charge of some the details.

“As a result of her injuries, Ms. Hallmark never regained her basic skills and now has resided in health care facilities for numerous years,” Fisher said.

Herndon said it was important to the class to honor their education and Hallmark.

“Members of the DHS Class of 1964 are proud of our class and appreciative of the education we obtained as Duncan High School students,” Herndon said. “The scholarship is a way to link our class to future classes of Duncan High School. We named the scholarship after our classmate Tama Hallmark to honor her. The DHS Class of 1964 is also forever linked to Tama, so as this scholarship continues on year after year, so will her legacy.”

The scholarship will be presented to a Senior at Duncan High School each spring at the DHS Awards Assembly. Cameron University will administer the scholarship.

“Cameron will advise Duncan High School counselors that the scholarship is available, and the counselors will encourage potential recipients to apply to Cameron,” Herndon said. “The recipient is to be a senior at Duncan High School, and will be selected by the Cameron Scholarship Committee. The recipient receives this one-time scholarship award upon enrollment at Cameron.”

There is also still time to contact Don Creel with RSVPs to the reunion at his office, 1201 N. Hwy 81 in Duncan or via phone at 580-255-3100.

Those wishing to contribute to the Tama Hallmark Endowed Scholarship send contributions to or drop off at the Duncan Campus of Cameron University.

Cameron University

Office of University Advancement

C/O The Tama Hallmark Endowed Scholarship Presented by the Duncan High School Class of 1964

2800 West Gore Blvd

Lawton OK 73505

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