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Lloyd E. Rader Park

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, April 10, 2021
1. Lloyd E. Rader Park Marker
Front side
Inscription.  Public servant, welfare reformer and national policy advisor, Lloyd E. Rader, Sr. skillfully directed Oklahoma's Department of Human Services for thirty-one years. This Park honors his exceptional efforts to help those in need and the key role which he played in building a strong foundation for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

He was born in 1906 near Hinton in Oklahoma Territory. He was a successful businessman in Weatherford where he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He was married to the former Ruth Scheiner who was a constant source of strength and encouragement for him.

Active in Bill Murray's campaign for Governor, Rader was appointed by the Governor as Custer County Relief Superintendent. In 1933 he moved to Oklahoma City and worked for the Oklahoma Tax Commission until 1939. During that time he educated himself about state government and public administration.

In 1951, Governor Johnston Murray appointed him state director of the Department of Public Welfare, later the Department of Human Services. He used the 2% sales tax which was earmarked for public welfare to masterfully
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match federal funds and created state of the art institutions and programs to help the mentally ill, juvenile offenders, the elderly, and the physically challenged. He also set aside sales tax funds to build a new Children's Hospital in the 1970s and opened it free of any debt. During financial emergencies, he also helped fund University Hospital and helped support the entire Health Sciences Center.

One of the most gifted administrators in the state's history, he often accompanied then Governor David Boren on his surprise inspection tours of state facilities in the 1970s and amazed the Governor by being able to call most staff members, children, and others at institutions by their first names.

Rader also exerted great influence at the national level. He helped U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr develop and pass the Kerr-Mills Bill which paved the way for later enactment of Medicaid and Medicare.

When Rader died in 1986 he had served longer as a state agency head than any other person in state history. His deep concern for others left a lasting legacy.
 
Erected by the University of Oklahoma.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 35° 28.705′ N, 97° 
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By Jason Voigt, April 10, 2021
3. Lloyd E. Rader Park Marker
This marker is on NE 10th Street.
29.911′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker is on Northeast 10th Street east of North Phillips Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of the OU Health Physicians Building, which is on the campus of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 825 NE 10th St, Oklahoma City OK 73104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Payne Boomer Campsite (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Service Center Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Robert M. Bird Library and OU Graduate College (approx. 0.3 miles away); OU Health Sciences Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stanton L. Young Walk (approx. 0.3 miles away); OU College of Nursing (approx. 0.3 miles away); OU College of Pharmacy (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
More about this marker. A duplicate marker is located close to this marker but off North Phillips Avenue.
 
Also see . . .  Lloyd E. Rader Sr. on Wikipedia. While the marker points out Rader's positive accomplishments, there was one negative highlight from his long career not mentioned: Rader was forced to resign as director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in 1982 for many reasons, one of them being him as the subject of investigation of 20/20's "Throwaway Kids" story. (Submitted on April 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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By Jason Voigt, April 10, 2021
4. Lloyd E. Rader Park Marker
A duplicate marker can be found on North Phillips Avenue, not far from the other one.
 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 30, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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