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His Education

•University of New Mexico (M.A. in Philosophy,)

•Nazarene Seminary (B.D. in Philosophy-Theology)

•University of Kansas (Pre-Doc studies in Human Relations)

•Atlanta University (Studies is Social Work)

•lliff @ Denver Univ. (Th.D. in Sociology of Religion)

•University of Denver (Ed.D. in Higher Education)


Some Life Events

  1. In 1945 the author was drafted into the US Army. Although he was scheduled to fight in the Battle of the Bulge, when the war in Europe ended abruptly he was re-routed to Japan. He was one of the first US soldiers to experience the devastation of the atomic bombs in both Nagasaki and Hiroshima.


  1. In the mid 1950s, desegregation was the hot issue. The author decided to attempt to enroll in an all-black university. He chose Atlanta University, a prestigious black institution. He was successful, and became the first white student to explore the reverse reality of racial prejudice.


  1. During the 1960s the Congo massacres were the headlines of the world’s newspapers. The author went to the Congo to see the problem for himself and while there he ran into a guerilla action and barely escaped with his life.


  1. He visited a leper colony in Swaziland and toured the small leper village as a guest of the director of the colony. He recalls being served luncheon by lepers.


  1. He was in Saigon in the early days of its war, and narrowly missed the bombing of the Army Officers’ hotel.


  1. He was in Havana, Cuba the week before Fidel Castro seized power. A car loaded with rebels sprayed the street with machine gun fire as he ducked into a doorway for safety. He left Cuba quickly.


  1. He visited the site where seven American missionaries were killed on the shores of the Amazon river in Ecuador. A side trip lead to hunting alligators at midnight. He and a couple of missionaries caught three alligators, and ignored the thousands of piranha.


  1. The week after the Six-Day-War, he visited Israel and saw several tanks still smoldering on the battlefield. He avoided a rocket attack at the Sea of Galilee one late night.


  1. He was the guest of the South African government for a three-week fact finding mission and visited several black universities and hospitals.


  1. He traveled the upper regions of Mozambique where lions and mambas were a constant threat. Natives lived in constant fear of their lives in that harsh environment. He did too.


Dr. Armstrong’s Personal Note

I didn’t come along until 1927, but my parents chose an auspicious place for my birth. They chose Skedee, Oklahoma. From the outset I knew that I was special. Not many people can say that they were born in Skedee. The exclusivity of my place of birth has permitted me to hold my head high on all occasions.


At one time I was Bud Wilkinson’s guest when he had an office in the White House. Even on that occasion, I felt that special pride of knowing that probably not one other person in the entire place had been privileged to be born in Skedee. For those of us who are culturally aware, being born in Oklahoma is a secret form of royalty.


I started out to be an educator and a minister, but somewhere along the way I caught a detour that led me in a new direction. Following that uncertain journey, I discovered a new occupation—writing. Today, I sit at my computer, look across a beautiful lake, and I write.


I have traveled the world. I have lived in Japan, South Africa and Canada. I have been in all 50 of the United States. I have visited more than 60 countries of the world, but there is no place like home. Now I live in Fort Towson, Oklahoma on a small lake—Lake Raymond Gary.


Fort Towson is a bigger place than Skedee, but not by much. It is a democracy of gracious common people with whom I am honored to live in community.


HOW TO REACH Dr. Armstrong. 

1-580-873-2377 or

Dr. Kenneth Shelby Armstrong

1036 Holiday Acres Drive

Fort Towson, OK 74735

by email:   KennethWrites@me.com 

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