This past week the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) congratulated Associate Director Lois E. Myers upon her retirement after thirty years of service. Among the festivities were a wonderful farewell dinner at Diamondbacks and an intimate reception which featured a musical video tribute created by BUIOH staff and students.
From 1986 when she began part-time work at the Institute, until the summer of 2016, Lois has served the field of oral history with quiet good humor, exceptional organizational abilities, and extraordinary judgment. She has been a key figure in local and regional oral history activities, especially as seen in her leadership in numerous training workshops across the state and her longtime professional service to the Texas Oral History Association, for which she served as Secretary-Treasurer since 1987 and managing journal editor since 1993. For her tireless work on behalf of oral history in the state of Texas, Lois received the Texas Oral History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Lois became the Associate Director of the Institute for Oral History in 1989, and attained the rank of Senior Lecturer at Baylor in 2000. In addition to working closely with each of the Institute’s three directors, she served as the Institute’s Interim Director in 2006-2007, and in each role has provided indispensable guidance in many of the Institute’s initiatives. In addition, she has conducted hundreds of interviews on a wide variety of research topics; her published works include studies in Southwest women’s history, World War II history, and Texas rural church history. She has been deeply conscientious in all of her work, including her care with the hundreds of oral history transcripts she had a direct hand in creating. Lois has also made important additions to significant publications that advanced the field, such as to the Handbook of Oral History, History of Oral History: Foundations and Methods, and Thinking about Oral History: Applications and Methods. These accomplishments are but a few of Lois Myers’s many contributions to the field of oral history and to the Institute. The Baylor University Institute for Oral History will miss this pioneer and friend who has given so much to her work, to the profession, and to our Institute.