Clifton L Warren


Dr. Clifton Warren, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor emeritus of English Literature, Humanities and Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma passed away on Jan. 17, 2019 at the age of 86.
Dr. Warren was a long-time resident of Edmond, Okla. and taught for over 40 years at UCO. During that time, he served as the Dean of Liberal Arts from 1986 to 2000 and created the department of creative studies, believed to be one of two in the country at that time. Prior to starting his career at UCO, he taught at Oklahoma City University. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2001.
Dr. Warren did reviews of books and movies on the Tom Paxton and Danny's Day television show from 1960 to 1982. In addition, he worked as a book and community theatre reviewer for The Edmond Sun for several years.
He graduated with his Master's degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia and received his PhD from the University of Indiana. After receiving his Master's degree, Dr. Warren served his country as a United States Marine.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Shawna Cleary and her husband Shawn Doering, son Carey and his wife Nikki, and his grandchildren, Conner, Jackson and Olivia. He is also survived by his long-time companion, Linda Sargent of Edmond.
Published on January 23, 2019
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Samantha Pekar
Feb 21, 2019
Dr. Warren was my Humvanities Professor in 1971. I learned so much from his lectures. When I did a Study Abroad Art Class in Europe, as I toured the Louve I could hear Dr Warren"s voice and was so grateful.
I am now 71 so Dr. Warren was a young husband and father. He was a good role model, mentor and friend. He will be missed.
Dr Richard Neal
Feb 10, 2019
Clif was a guy you could count on. I owe him a debt of gratitude for listening to me and personally advising me on numerous occasions.
Jan 31, 2019
That smile says it all...sending blessings to all, as you celebrate his life on Friday.
Gayle Kearns
Jan 28, 2019
I send my prayers and condolences to the family. Cliff was absolutely one of my favorite people at UCO and working with him was an honor and a privilege. The arts world has lost a great one with the loss of Cliff.

My prayers are with the family.

Gayle Kearns
Linda Mosich
Jan 27, 2019
Cliff will be missed beyond words. Whenever we shared a family moment together, Cliff always made the occasion special. He brought gifts for everyone and thrilled us with a wonderful story or two. Cliff was special, so very giving of his love, time, kindness, and concern for those who were in his life. Cliff, we will all miss you for a long time to come until we are together again. Love you, dear heart. May you find rest and solace in the arms of our Lord forever.
Karen Kemper Moses
Jan 24, 2019
Having Dr. Warren as a professor was the highlight of my years of study at UCO. He was enthusiastic about his subjects, handsome, and had a wonderful sense of humor. I looked forward to every session in his humanities and literature classes. My sincere sympathy to his family and to those who mourn his passing.