Distinguished Alumna 2000
Dr. Sally Bradstreet Soelle


Dr. Sally Soelle was born at Lawrence, Mass., and graduated from high school in Lisbon Falls, Maine. After receiving her nursing diploma in 1968, she worked in the medical field for nine years serving as a head nurse, director of staff education and nursing instructor. She received a bachelor of arts in history with a minor in art history from Cameron University in 1982 and has a master of arts and Ph.D. in history from the University of Oklahoma.

She returned to Cameron in 1988 where she has taught history and humanities courses, becoming associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts in 1996 and dean of the School of Liberal Arts this year. She is an advocate of interdisciplinary approaches to history and has coordinated a team-taught, interdisciplinary course with focuses on the humanities of the Great Plains. She is a specialist in the history of medicine and also teaches courses in the American West and in historical research and writing methods.

Dr. Soelle has served as the coordinator of two of Cameron's year-long academic festivals with responsibilities for organizing and implementing workshops, exhibits, lectures, concerts and other events. A familiar face at alumni events, she has researched the history of Cameron and has written a series of articles for the newsletter Cameron Today. She has also collected materials from across the campus to build an archive of materials to document Cameron's history.

As a Cameron student she was involved in the establishment of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter, has served as the honor society's president and received their Distinguished Alumna Award and Distinguished Faculty Award. She is a consulting editor and contributor to the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History, a publication of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Lawton Arts and Humanities Council presented her with their Citizen of the Humanities Award in 1995. She was recently elected to the Oklahoma Historical Society board of directors.