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1966

Deborah Bryant
Overland Park, Kansas

After graduating in the top ten of her high school graduating class, Deborah went on to Christian College on a full academic scholarship, during which time she represented Kansas in Atlantic City in the 1966 Miss America Pageant. After her year of service as Miss America, Deborah continued her education as an English major at the University of Kansas, graduating Cum Laude Phi Beta Kappa. During her year of service, Deborah spoke in support of "Project Concern" which provided medical support to undeveloped countries. Deborah remains active in community service for numerous charitable projects. She was a member of the Mesa Desert Club, which provides scholarships to qualified needy high school graduates, and was also a past member of the Phoenix Junior League. Deborah currently resides in Arizona with husband, Brent. Together they have five children and six grandchildren. She assists her daughter Kristin in the operation of a unique retail store, Domestic Bliss, in historic downtown Mesa. Domestic Bliss has expanded to include design services and they have become very busy with that aspect of the business.

In 1966, the Miss America Pageant shifted to NBC, and was first telecast in color.

 

Deborah Bryant, Miss America 1966

Deborah Bryant, Miss America 1966

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