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Former Oklahoma Living publisher passes away


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illiam Bowie “Bill” Roberts, former Di- rector of Public Relations and Commu- nications for the Oklahoma Associa- tion of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) from 1987 to 2001 and past publisher of Oklahoma Living magazine, passed away at his home in Prague, Okla., on June 25, 2011, due to complications from lung cancer. He was 76.


Bill was a devoted husband, an inspirational fa- ther and grandfather, an innovator in business and a life-long learner. He was born November 29, 1934, and grew up in Duncan, Okla. Roberts attended the University of Oklahoma journalism school, which launched his career in advertising and public rela- tions.


For more than 40 years, Bill was a trailblazer in


the public relations arena in Oklahoma, working with such clients as Halliburton, Phillip Morris, The City of Oklahoma City, Ringling Brothers - Barnum & Bailey Circus, Shawnee Mills, Thomas Concrete Buildings, Saint Anthony Hospital, Mc-


Donald’s and OAEC. He was a writer, editor, and publisher of CB magazine, Indian America, and Oklahoma Business magazine. Roberts also led the transformation of the former Oklahoma Rural News monthly newspaper into Oklahoma Living magazine in 1993. Toward the end of his career, Bill worked to re- energize rural Oklahoma through cooperative eco- nomic development projects. He was a founding member of the National Rural Economic Develop- ment Association (NREDA), as well as a founder of the Oklahoma Home-Based Business Association. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary (Kelly) Aycock Roberts, children Shelby (Ingrid) and Hayden (Sar- ah), their mother, Dora, and grandchildren Jack- son, Willa, and Owen.


“Bill Roberts was without question one of the most prolifi c ‘idea men’ that I’ve ever met in my life,” said Sid Sperry, OAEC’s current director of public relations, communications and research. “He laid the foundation for today’s print version of Okla-


William Bowie (Bill) Roberts 1934-2011


homa Living magazine and visualized a time when an electronic edition of our magazine would be published,” Sperry noted, adding, “It’s ironic that we’re launching the fi rst digital edition of Oklahoma Living this month; Bill would have loved it.” OL


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