In Memory of Ted Logan
THEODORE R. (TED) LOGAN
Theodore R. Logan (Ted) was born on February 9, 1930 to John and Effie Logan in Boley, Oklahoma. He graduated from Boley High School. Ted enlisted in the army and retired after 22 years of service working in the area of criminal justice and corrections. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central State University (renamed University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond, Oklahoma. He earned a Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
He married Jean Evelyn Bolts and to this union, two children were born, Kelvin and June Logan. Ted later married Luann Watkins who preceded him in death in 1984. He was a faithful member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for many years. He served as a choir member and on several other church ministries.
Ted began his career with Oklahoma Department of Corrections in January 1972 as a treatment officer at the Oklahoma City Community Treatment Center. After holding several position there he was named superintendent of the Women’s Treatment Center in December 1975. In 1977, that facility was renamed Mabel Bassett Correctional Center and Ted was appointed as warden. This appointment made him the first black warden in the state of Oklahoma. He served in that capacity until May 1984 when he was superintendent of the Lawton Community Corrections Center. He retired from the agency in December of 1987. He then served as an instructor in Criminal Justice at Rose State College, Midwest City. He later retired from Rose State College in 1998.
In July of 2003, Ted was appointed to the Board of Corrections to complete the remaining term of Randy Wright who resigned. He served on the board as a member and later as the board chair until July 2012.Ted was a member of a number of professional organizations, to include American Correctional Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, life member of National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, and the Southern States Correctional Association. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, life member of NAACP, Disabled American Veterans, life member of Lawton Northside Chamber of Commerce, Veterans of Foreign Wars, member of Midwest City Civilian Police Academy, Southwest Criminal Justice Teacher Association and more.
His special interests includes serving as president of Board of Trustees for Drug Recovery Inc., served on the Human Rights Commission, Private Prison committee, consultant for Jericho Halfway House, member of the Oklahoma County Sentencing Council, presented workshops on violence in the workplace, member of the MLK Prayer Breakfast Midwest City Committee and chairman of Economic Development Committee for NAACP.
Ted proceeded in death three brothers, two sisters, and his wife Luann Logan. He is survived by one son, Kelvin Logan, Oklahoma; one daughter, June Logan, Oklahoma. One step-son, Vance Gaultt, Arkansas, one step-daughter, Valarie Johnson (William), Alaska. He has four grandsons. Ted is also survived by his brother, Julius Logan, and sister, Rosetta Dennis, both reside in California, and sister, Lottie Clay (Oklahoma) and a host of family and friends.