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Co-op Business 5


Clyde Rodolph: the loss of an icon


September 5, 1926 —


July 20, 2012 by Tory Tedder O


ur co-op family lost a dear member July 20. Clyde 


at his residence in Purcell, Okla. 


manager of OEC for 20 years before   their director of member services.  trustee in 1991, retiring in 2006. "Clyde was our leader in


the 1960s and 1970s when OEC  IOU [investor-owned utility] for territory rights," remembers Gary Hickman, residential development representative. As is the story for co-ops across


the nation, the electric co-op made rural life attractive for many; small communities grew into prosperous ones. It was only then that the IOUs decided they wanted to serve rural America. "They would come in at night


and cut down our poles, putting their own in place," says Hickman. "Clyde was a strong voice for the


From left, CEO/General Manager Max Meek, District 5 Trustee Frank Wilson and retiring trustee Clyde Rodolph show off a cake celebrating Rodolph's long involvement in cooperative affairs. Photographer: Patti Rogers, 2006.


co-op in those years. He didn’t back down; he fought for the rights of OEC and its member-owners. He is to be credited for our growth into the largest co-op in Oklahoma." [39-322-006-02] A strong advocate for rural


 the state of Oklahoma on the    other industry panels and committees, for many years. "Clyde hired me in


1975. I had the pleasure of working for and with him for over 30 years,"  CEO/general manager of OEC. "He was a true pioneer in the rural electric industry. Besides spending many long hours working for the cooperative movement, he made sure he spent time


with his family. I remember him constantly talking about his wife, daughter, son and grandkids. I will truly miss my very good friend and mentor."


Announcement of the promotion of Clyde Rodolph, Jr., to general manager. Source: Co-op News, May 1962.


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OEC News Magazine | September 2012


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