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October 2, 2012

Richard Dudley

McALESTER —  

Dick Dudley, McAlester community leader, died September 28, 2012.
Richard “Dick” Franklin Dudley, Jr., 77, McAlester community leader, influential civil engineer, accomplished runner, and lifelong OU-fan, died peacefully at his home Friday morning. The cause was kidney cancer.
Born July 20, 1935, in Hollis, Oklahoma, to Lady and Richard Dudley Sr., Dick Dudley, Jr. graduated from Hollis High School as senior class president in 1953. His talent running was rewarded with a track scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, where he became co-caption of the OU Track Team and set several track-and-field state records. 
While still in college, Dick also served in the Air Force ROTC. OU ignited at least three of his lifelong loves: for engineering, for OU sports, and for the girl next door, Grace. On June 6, 1959, Dick and Grace married at University Methodist Church in Tulsa. 
The newlyweds moved coast-to-coast as Dick continued to serve our nation with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Service, on three different ships, as Lieutenant (Junior Grade).  
In 1970, Dick moved McAlester along with his wife and their four children, as well the skills that have had a far-reaching impact not only on infrastructure but also upon the careers of many younger engineers.
In 1983, Dick launched his own firm, Dudley & Associates, P.C. which grew steadily over the course of the next three decades. With Dudley & Associates’ ever-increasing number of engineering projects for communities, the private sector, and water and sewer districts throughout Oklahoma, Dick played an instrumental role in the growth of the town, the region and the state. By the 1990s, he was also called upon as a long-term consultant for several projects in Virginia and Georgia. 
Among countless other endeavors, Dick obtained the grant to establish the 1-mile walking and running track at Mike Deak Field in McAlester. He had a talent for not only seeing opportunities, but making them. For instance, he obtained funding for dozens of Oklahoma towns to fortify their roadways and water-and-sewer treatment systems, which garnered both lasting friendships and loyal clients.

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