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==Introduction==
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Ponca Playhouse Mourns the Loss of Dr. S. J. Pickens
Dr. S. J. Pickens of 2301 Donner Ave in Ponca City passed away unexpectadly of natural causes on October 21, 2017. Dr. Pickens was born in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, June 11, 1944 to Mildred Lurene Shields and Sidney James Toombs Sr. Dr. Pickens grew up on the 2100 block of Diamond Street and the 2400 block of 29th Street in Philadelphia. Dr. Pickens and her big brother Sidney spent summers with their grandparents in Wilberforce, Ohio where his grandfather Norwood Shields was a professor of agriculture at Central State College. Dr. Pickens' mother Mildred was born in 1907 in Langston, Oklahoma where her grandfather was a professor of agriculture at Langston College. Her grandfather Norwood Shields later moved from Langston to Wilberforce, Ohio where he was a professor of agriculture at Central State College. Her grandfather who she loved dearly was one of the first black men to graduated with an advanced degree from Cornell University in 1900. Dr. Pickens and her brother Sidney loved to spend summers with their grandparents in Wilberforce.
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Dr. S. J. Pickens of 2301 Donner Ave in Ponca City passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at age 73 on October 21, 2017. Dr. Pickens was born in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, June 11, 1944 to Mildred Lurene Shields and Sidney James Toombs Sr. Dr. Pickens grew up on the 2100 block of Diamond Street and the 2400 block of 29th Street in Philadelphia.
 
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Dr. Pickens was proud of her family. In 1900 her grandfather Norwood Shields who she loved dearly was one of the first black men to graduate with an advanced degree from Cornell University. His first job was in Indian Territory at Langston College where Dr. Pickens' mother Mildred was born in 1907. Her grandfather later moved from Langston to Wilberforce, Ohio where he was a professor of agriculture at Central State College. Dr. Pickens and her beloved older brother Sidney loved to spend summers with their grandparents in Wilberforce, Ohio where they were taught the three cardinal rules of the Shields Family.
==Education==
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Rule 1. Accept whatever comes without complaint
Dr. Pickens graduated from Germantown High School in Philadelphia and received her bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1965. One of the proudest events of her life occurred in 1963 when Dr. Pickens travelled to Selma, Alabama with freedom riders to help register black residents to vote and to integrate lunch counters. Dr. Pickens marched with King in Alabama and attended Dr. King's March on Washington. Forty-five years after the March on Washington Dr. Pickens attended Barack Obama's inauguration at the same place with her husband in 2009.  
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Rule 2. Always exceed everyone's expectations including your own
 
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Rule 3. Play the hand you are dealt - and play the hell out of it.
In 1979 entered Medical School at the University of Maryland and was the oldest member of her graduating class. She earned both her M.Ed. and M.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. While in residency at the University of Maryland's Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, she was selected as a Falk Fellow and is the recipient of the Brody Award.
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Education
 
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Dr. Pickens graduated from Germantown High School in Philadelphia and received her bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1965. One of the proudest events of her life occurred in 1963 when Dr. Pickens traveled to Selma, Alabama with freedom riders to help register black residents to vote and to integrate lunch counters. Dr. Pickens marched with King in Alabama and attended Dr. King's March on Washington. She said that she never thought she would live to see a black President but forty-five years after the March on Washington Dr. Pickens traveled to Washington DC with her husband to attend Barack Obama's inauguration on the mall in Washington DC.
==Career==
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In 1979 Dr. Pickens entered Medical School at the University of Maryland and was the oldest member of her graduating class. She earned both her M.Ed. and M.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. While in residency at the University of Maryland's Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, she was selected as a Falk Fellow and is the recipient of the Brody Award.
Dr. Pickens married Hugh Pickens on December 24, 1984 recently celebrating 32 years of marriage.
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Life Story
 
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Upon completion of her residency in psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical School, Dr. Pickens spent 10 years working in the Maryland State Health System as Clinical Director at Springfield Hospital and at Spring Grove Hospital.
Dr. Pickens spent 10 years working in the Maryland State Health System working as Clinical Director at Spring Grove Hospital and at Spring Grove Hospital.
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Dr. Pickens married Hugh Pickens on December 24, 1984 with whom she recently celebrated 32 years of marriage. They lived in a 125 year old Victorian Mansion in Baltimore for 20 years.
 
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In 1989 Dr. Pickens was president of Pickens Comprehensive Health Services, a health care company serving the inmate population of the Baltimore City Jail. Dr. Pickens spent the last years of her professional career as Vice President of physician services at Green Spring Health Services, Inc., where she supervised fifty physicians and nurses.
In 1989 Dr. Pickens was president of Pickens Comprehensive Health Services, a health care company serving the inmate population of the Baltimore City Jail.  
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Dr. Pickens was a board member of Friends Psychiatric Research Associates; is the past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, Maryland Chapter, past president of Maryland Black Faculty and Staff, an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and Southern Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pickens was inducted into the American College of Psychiatry in 1996, one of only three physicians in the state of Oklahoma who have been so honored.
 
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In 1999 Dr. Pickens retired and in 2005 decided to make her home in Ponca City, her husband's home town. Dr. Pickens was active as a docent at the Marland Mansion, served on the board of directors of Ponca Playhouse, and with her husband sponsored and produced the annual "Oklahoma Pride" series at Ponca Playhouse producing "The Broken Statue" and "Lydie Marland in the Afterlife." Dr. Pickens was also active in Newcomers.
Dr. Pickens spent the last ten years of her professional career as Vice President of physician services at Green Spring Health Services, Inc., where she supervised fifty physicians and nurses.
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Dr. Pickens was one-quarter Cherokee and after moving to Oklahoma she took up collecting and designing Native American jewelry and artwork, putting together one of the finest collections of turquoise jewelry in the United States.
 
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For thirty years in Baltimore, Dr. Pickens opened her home for Halloween when she invited children into her home to learn about crystal and fine art. The tradition continued in Ponca City where for the past twelve years she has distributed rolls of pennies to children and as she remembers their names from year to year and talks to them about their lives. In 2016 over 450 children visited her home during Halloween. The Pickens family will be continuing Dr. Pickens' Halloween tradition.
Dr. Pickens was a board member of Friends Psychiatric Research Associates; is the past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, Maryland Chapter, past president of Maryland Black Faculty and Staff, an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and Southern Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pickens received her B.S. degree from Temple University. She earned both her M.Ed. and M.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. Dr. Pickens was inducted into the American College of Psychiatry in 1996, one of only three physicians in the state of Oklahoma who have been so honored.
 
 
 
In 1999 Dr. Pickens retired and in 2005 decided to make her new home in Ponca City, her husband's home town. Dr. Pickens was active as a docent at Marland Mansion, served on the board of directors of Ponca Playhouse, and with her husband sponsored and produced the annual "Oklahoma Pride" series at Ponca Playhouse producing "The Broken Statue" and "Lydie Marland in the Afterlife." Dr. Pickens was also active in Newcomers.
 
 
 
Dr. Pickens was one-quarter Cherokee and after moving to Oklahoma she took up collecting Native American jewelry and artwork, putting together one of the finest collections of turquoise jewelry in the United States.
 
 
 
For the last forty years Dr. Pickens has opened her home for Halloween where she invites children in to see her crystal collection. The tradition continues in Ponca City where for the past ten years she has distributed rolls of pennies to children and talked to them about the lives. In 2016 over 450 children visited her home during Halloween.
 
 
 
 
Dr. Pickens was especially proud to have sponsored the first formal dinner in the Marland Mansion in 70 years when she and her husband invited ten guests to share dinner at the mansion with her in 2016.
 
Dr. Pickens was especially proud to have sponsored the first formal dinner in the Marland Mansion in 70 years when she and her husband invited ten guests to share dinner at the mansion with her in 2016.
 
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Survivors
==Survivors==
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Dr. Pickens' survivors include her husband Hugh Pickens, her stepdaughter Carolina Pickens Jachnke of Rohnert Park, CA, her stepson Daniel Pickens of Stockholm Sweden, and step-grandchildren Keanu Jachnke Pickens of Rohnert Park, and Lily Jane Pickens, and Rory James Pickens of Stockholm and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Survivors include her husband Hugh Pickens, her stepdaughter Carolina Pickens Jachnke of Rohert Park, CA, her stepson Daniel Pickens of Stockholm Sweden, and step-grandchildren Keanu Jachnke Pickens of Rohnert Parkt, Lily Jane Pickens, and Rory James Pickens of Stockholm Sweden and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
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Dr. Pickens was preceded in death by her mother Mildred Lurene Shields, father Sidney James Toombs, and older brother Sidney James Toombs II.
 
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Memorial Service
Dr. Pickens was preceded in death by her mother Mildred Lurene Shields, father Sidney James Toombs, and older brother Sidney James Toomb II.
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A memorial service is being planned that will be held at Ponca Playhouse at 301 S. 1st St. in Ponca City. Donations may be made in her name to Ponca Playhouse, Box 1414, Ponca City, OK 74602. Details of the date of the memorial service, planned for November during Thanksgiving week, will be released at a later date.
 
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Invictus
==Memorial Service==
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Before she went to Alabama in 1963, where she was assaulted for desegregating lunch counters, her father told her never to flinch when she was struck by segregationists and to turn the other cheek when she was beaten. Before she left for the South, her father made her commit to memory the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley which was her favorite poem and sums up her life..
A memorial service will be held at 10 am Saturday, November 25, at Ponca Playhouse at 301 S. 1st St. in Ponca City. Donations may be made in her name to Ponca Playhouse, Box 1414, Ponca City, OK 74602.
 
 
 
==Three Rules==
 
Dr. Pickens always said that in her family there were three rules.
 
 
 
1. Accept whatever comes without complaint
 
 
 
2. Exceed everyone's expectations including your own
 
 
 
3. Play the hand you are dealt - and play the hell out of it.
 
 
 
==Invictus==
 
Before she went to Alabama in 1963, where she was assaulted desegregating lunch counters, her father told her never to flinch when she struck by the white-supremacists and to turn the other cheek when she was beaten. Her father made her commit to memory the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Out of the night that covers me,
 
Out of the night that covers me,
 
 
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
 
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
 
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I thank whatever gods may be
I thank whatever gods may be  
 
 
 
 
For my unconquerable soul.
 
For my unconquerable soul.
 
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In the fell clutch of circumstance
 
 
 
In the fell clutch of circumstance  
 
 
 
 
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
 
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
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Under the bludgeonings of chance
Under the bludgeonings of chance  
 
 
 
 
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
 
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
 
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Beyond this place of wrath and tears
 
 
 
Beyond this place of wrath and tears  
 
 
 
 
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
 
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
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And yet the menace of the years
And yet the menace of the years  
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Finds and shall find me unafraid.
 
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It matters not how straight the gate,
Finds and shall find me unafraid.  
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How charged with punishments the scroll,
 
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I am the master of my fate,
 
 
 
 
It matters not how strait the gate,
 
 
How charged with punishments the scroll,  
 
 
 
I am the master of my fate,  
 
 
 
 
I am the captain of my soul.
 
I am the captain of my soul.

Latest revision as of 11:52, 23 October 2017

Ponca Playhouse Mourns the Loss of Dr. S. J. Pickens Dr. S. J. Pickens of 2301 Donner Ave in Ponca City passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at age 73 on October 21, 2017. Dr. Pickens was born in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, June 11, 1944 to Mildred Lurene Shields and Sidney James Toombs Sr. Dr. Pickens grew up on the 2100 block of Diamond Street and the 2400 block of 29th Street in Philadelphia. Dr. Pickens was proud of her family. In 1900 her grandfather Norwood Shields who she loved dearly was one of the first black men to graduate with an advanced degree from Cornell University. His first job was in Indian Territory at Langston College where Dr. Pickens' mother Mildred was born in 1907. Her grandfather later moved from Langston to Wilberforce, Ohio where he was a professor of agriculture at Central State College. Dr. Pickens and her beloved older brother Sidney loved to spend summers with their grandparents in Wilberforce, Ohio where they were taught the three cardinal rules of the Shields Family. Rule 1. Accept whatever comes without complaint Rule 2. Always exceed everyone's expectations including your own Rule 3. Play the hand you are dealt - and play the hell out of it. Education Dr. Pickens graduated from Germantown High School in Philadelphia and received her bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1965. One of the proudest events of her life occurred in 1963 when Dr. Pickens traveled to Selma, Alabama with freedom riders to help register black residents to vote and to integrate lunch counters. Dr. Pickens marched with King in Alabama and attended Dr. King's March on Washington. She said that she never thought she would live to see a black President but forty-five years after the March on Washington Dr. Pickens traveled to Washington DC with her husband to attend Barack Obama's inauguration on the mall in Washington DC. In 1979 Dr. Pickens entered Medical School at the University of Maryland and was the oldest member of her graduating class. She earned both her M.Ed. and M.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. While in residency at the University of Maryland's Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, she was selected as a Falk Fellow and is the recipient of the Brody Award. Life Story Upon completion of her residency in psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical School, Dr. Pickens spent 10 years working in the Maryland State Health System as Clinical Director at Springfield Hospital and at Spring Grove Hospital. Dr. Pickens married Hugh Pickens on December 24, 1984 with whom she recently celebrated 32 years of marriage. They lived in a 125 year old Victorian Mansion in Baltimore for 20 years. In 1989 Dr. Pickens was president of Pickens Comprehensive Health Services, a health care company serving the inmate population of the Baltimore City Jail. Dr. Pickens spent the last years of her professional career as Vice President of physician services at Green Spring Health Services, Inc., where she supervised fifty physicians and nurses. Dr. Pickens was a board member of Friends Psychiatric Research Associates; is the past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, Maryland Chapter, past president of Maryland Black Faculty and Staff, an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and Southern Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pickens was inducted into the American College of Psychiatry in 1996, one of only three physicians in the state of Oklahoma who have been so honored. In 1999 Dr. Pickens retired and in 2005 decided to make her home in Ponca City, her husband's home town. Dr. Pickens was active as a docent at the Marland Mansion, served on the board of directors of Ponca Playhouse, and with her husband sponsored and produced the annual "Oklahoma Pride" series at Ponca Playhouse producing "The Broken Statue" and "Lydie Marland in the Afterlife." Dr. Pickens was also active in Newcomers. Dr. Pickens was one-quarter Cherokee and after moving to Oklahoma she took up collecting and designing Native American jewelry and artwork, putting together one of the finest collections of turquoise jewelry in the United States. For thirty years in Baltimore, Dr. Pickens opened her home for Halloween when she invited children into her home to learn about crystal and fine art. The tradition continued in Ponca City where for the past twelve years she has distributed rolls of pennies to children and as she remembers their names from year to year and talks to them about their lives. In 2016 over 450 children visited her home during Halloween. The Pickens family will be continuing Dr. Pickens' Halloween tradition. Dr. Pickens was especially proud to have sponsored the first formal dinner in the Marland Mansion in 70 years when she and her husband invited ten guests to share dinner at the mansion with her in 2016. Survivors Dr. Pickens' survivors include her husband Hugh Pickens, her stepdaughter Carolina Pickens Jachnke of Rohnert Park, CA, her stepson Daniel Pickens of Stockholm Sweden, and step-grandchildren Keanu Jachnke Pickens of Rohnert Park, and Lily Jane Pickens, and Rory James Pickens of Stockholm and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Dr. Pickens was preceded in death by her mother Mildred Lurene Shields, father Sidney James Toombs, and older brother Sidney James Toombs II. Memorial Service A memorial service is being planned that will be held at Ponca Playhouse at 301 S. 1st St. in Ponca City. Donations may be made in her name to Ponca Playhouse, Box 1414, Ponca City, OK 74602. Details of the date of the memorial service, planned for November during Thanksgiving week, will be released at a later date. Invictus Before she went to Alabama in 1963, where she was assaulted for desegregating lunch counters, her father told her never to flinch when she was struck by segregationists and to turn the other cheek when she was beaten. Before she left for the South, her father made her commit to memory the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley which was her favorite poem and sums up her life.. Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how straight the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.