Oris Polk Dellinger
was born on 14 August 1877 at Freedlandville, Knox Co., Indiana
. He was the son of William A. Dellinger
and Alice Polk
. Oris Polk Dellinger married Anna Forest Cunningham
, daughter of James Cunningham
and Emma Wampler
, in 1904 at Terre Haute, Vigo Co., Indiana
. Oris Polk Dellinger was New Tag Obiturary for Oris Polk Dellinger
Death comes to Dr. O.P. Dellinger. former College Head and State Senator
was Ill for several months. Member of Faculty under Russ and Chief of
Biology Dept. He also served as Dean-Mirza Potentate.
Pittsburg Headlight, June 24, 1957. Died at about midnight Saturday June 24 1957 in Mt. Carmel hospital. He was 79. His home was at 1604 South Joplin.
He was the fourth administrative head of the College, serving as acting
president for about one year, 1940-41. he also was head of the department of biological sciences, first chairman 0f the graduate council and later dean of the college.
Born in Freelandsville, Ind. Aug. 14 1877, Dr Dellinger was educated in the
common schools of Indiana, the Teachers college at Terre haute, Chicago University, University of Indiana and Clark University, holding a Ph.d. degree from the latter, received in 1907. He attended Clark University on a fellowship.
The teaching career of Dr. Dellinger began at state teachers college, Terre
Haute, where he was instructor in biology for two years, 1901 to 1903. he was also instructor in biology at the Biological Laboratory of Indiana State
University at winona Lake, for seven summer quarters, 1902-1908. At clark
University he was assistant in Physiology for three years and instructors of biology. later he was head of the biology department of winona College.
Dr, Dellinger was a distant relative of President James K. Polk.
In September, 1909, Dr. Dellinger came to the college as professor and head of the department of biological sciences, although the department was not specifically designated as such in official publications until 1912.
On July 1, 1945, having passed the age of retirement for asministrative
officers as established by the board of regents, Dr. Dellinger retired as
dean and head of the department and was assigned to part tome duties as
professor of biology. On Sept. 1, 1847, he was transferred to the
In November, 1948, Dr. Dellinger was elected state senator, and served for
the term 1949-1952 from January 1, 1949 to January 1, 1953.
During his avtive career Dr. Dellinger was amember of the national
Education Association, Kansas Academy of science , National Genetics Assoc. and fellow of the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science. He was a life member of the Kansas State Teachers Assoc., and a Member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a past president of the Crawford county historical Society and the Izaak Walton league.
Dr. Dellinger was the 36th potentate of Mirza Temple of the shrine, serving
un 1945. He was a member of Pittsburg lodge no. 187. a.F. &A.M and the Fort Scott Consistory Rite Masons.
Dr. Dellinger was a member of the Christian church and was honorary elder of the church.
Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Anne Dellinger of the home; two sons,
William P. Dellinger, Hobbs, N, Mex., and Ralph Dellinger of Dodge City, Ks.
two daughters, Mrs. Olive Porter, Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. L.J.
Jacobson, LaPorte, Ind; three grandsons; four brothers, Robert Dellinger, Monticello, Ind., Edward Dellinger, Vecenta, Ind., Chester, Dellinger, Ashtabula, Oh., and Ralph Dellinger, Schaghticoke. N.Y.
Burial was in Highland Park cemetery.
In 1904 Professor Dellinger married Miss Anna Forest Cunningham, daughter of James and Emma (Wampler) Cunningham, in Terre haute, Ind.
Professor and Mrs Dellinger have four children; Alice Hope, born March 25
1905, Ralph Alexander, born Dec21, 1907, Mary Catherine, born Sept., 24 1912 and William Polk, born July 13, 1915.
This information was sent to Margaret Haynes by Randy Roberts, Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist. On 24 June 1957 at Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas
. He died on 24 June 1957 at Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas
, at age 79. He was buried in June 1957 at Highland Park Cemetery, Pittsburg, Crawford Co., Kansas