P. E. O. Presents Mark Darrah in Conjunction with RSU’s Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington Distinguished Lecture Series
Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center Ballroom
Mark S. Darrah is a prize-winning essayist, fiction writer, and practicing attorney. He is known for his commentaries broadcast on Studio Tulsa, KWGS 89.5 FM, and for being the author of A Catalogue of Common People, a collection of true stories about real people and places who are anything but common.
Darrah maintains a solo general civil and probate practice in Tulsa which he says is “about the closest thing to a small town practice one can have in the city.” He represents individuals, small businesses, professionals, and non-profits. Mark graduated from Tahlequah High School, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California, and completed his legal studies at The University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Darrah’s writing has appeared in distinctlyOklahoma, The Oklahoma Bar Journal and Cottonwood, the literary journal of the University of Kansas, among other publications. In the early days of the Web 2.0, he free-lanced as an ezine writer and blogger. Darrah wrote some of the first performance mysteries produced in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He’s also had an Amazon best-selling novel published under a nom de plume.
Mark has been recognized as one of Tulsa’s top attorneys by Tulsa People and maintains an AV preeminent ranking by Martindale-Hubbell. He’s a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the bars of all federal courts sitting in Oklahoma, and of the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Tenth and Federal Circuits. He’s a past member of the W. Lee Johnson Chapter of the American Inns of Court and has worked as an administrative law judge for the Oklahoma Department of Labor.
Studio Tulsa began regularly broadcasting his commentaries in 2009. Mark taught practical creative writing skills in Tulsa Community College’s non-credit program for nearly a half decade. He is a well-liked teacher and an in demand public speaker.
Darrah has been called a postmodern Paul Harvey and the writer Sarah Vowell would have been “if she’d been born male.” His well-reviewed collection of essays, A Catalogue of Common of Common People, explores “what it means to be a thinking and feeling human being in 21st Century America.”
The son of a United Methodist minister and his wife, Mark lived in seven different Oklahoma communities before graduating from high school. He manages the family’s land run farm.
An amateur fiddler, Mark lives with his wife, Jackie, and their wonder dog, Chipper, in a space age neighborhood in midtown Tulsa. He considers taking care of his parents in their final years his greatest accomplishment.
About Herrington Distinguished Lectureship Endowment
The late Carl G. and Gladys L. Herrington established the Herrington Distinguished Lectureship Endowment through the Rogers State University Foundation in 1989. The Herringtons initiated the lectureship endowment as a way to provide exceptional educational opportunities at Rogers State University. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education provided matching funds for the endowment.
Mr. Herrington, a retired Exxon executive, served on the Rogers State University Foundation Board of Directors and was a long- time supporter of the University. In 1990, Rogers State University awarded Mr. Herrington the Jefferson Fellow Award. The University’s Herrington Hall, which houses the institution’s School of Business and Technology, was named in honor of the Herrington family in 1995.
Mr. Herrington’s sister, the late Ms. Margaret Herrington, established the Margaret J. Herrington Endowment through the Rogers State University Foundation. She was born in Tecumseh educated at the University of Oklahoma, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and at Oklahoma City University, where she received her juris doctorate.
- 2018: Mark Darrah
- 2017: Paula Marshall
- 2016: Mike Turpen
- 2014: Chris Cadieux
- 2013: Dr. Robert Ballard
- 2012: David T. Vandewater
- 2011: Dr. Vincent Orza
- 2009: Jeff Greenfield
- 2007: Chris Weber
- 2006: James D. “Denny” Shelton
- 2005: Ed Keller
- 2004: Paula Marshall
- 2003: Archie W. Dunham
- 2002: James M. Epperson Jr
- 2000: Keith Bailey