Obits

VLIET, Dale R.

NORMAN -- International business law ex­pert R. Dale Vliet died Sunday, April 19, 1998, in Norman at age 84. Vliet was one of Oklahoma's most widely traveled and experi­enced legal minds who served 36 years on the law school faculty at the University of Oklahoma. He addressed audiences in 48 countries, including five engagements at Oxford University.

TROUTT, Nancy Ruth (Stone)

Services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2003, for long-time former Chickasha resident Nancy "Ruth" Troutt, 80, of Norman, in the First Presbyterian Church of Norman, 555 S. University.

Interment is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Chickasha.

While she dedicated much of her time to civic and philanthropic causes in Chickasha, Norman, Ardmore and Durant, she devoted 61 years in support of the career of her husband, prominent Oklahoma educator Roy Troutt.

TODD, Flake

Longtime educator and public servant Flake Todd, 87, of Chickasha passed away over the weekend. He was the father of USAO’s Dr. Alan Todd, professor of education and director of instructional technology and training.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at First Christian Church, due to remodeling at First Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home, Chickasha.

THOMAS, J. Harper

Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003 for prominent retired educator and farmer J. Harper Thomas, a friend of the university, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Chickasha.
Harper Thomas (1920-2003) died this morning Tuesday, May 20. He and his wife of 52 years, Mary Ellen Thomas, were supporters of USAO. Mrs. Thomas is a 1976 graduate of USAO in English.
They met at the University of Wisconsin in 1949. After their marriage in 1951, they established a home in Norman, where he served as associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

TEAM, Mary Ann (Biles)

Mary Ann Biles-Team went to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 23, 2004.

TARPLEY, Juanita V.

Juanita V. Tarpley, 92, died Dec. 31, 2004, at Garden Valley Retirement Village, Garden City, Kan. She was born June 18, 1912, at Tabler, Okla., the daughter of Sterling M. and Winnie Pearl Key Tarpley. She graduated from Oklahoma College for Women in 1934 and taught school in Anadarko, Okla. A resident of Garden City since 1965, she was a schoolteacher. She was of the Methodist faith. She belonged to the Kansas Retired Teachers Association, AARP, Community Concert Association and Friends of the Zoo.

STEWART, Brian

Funeral Services for Brian Stewart, 29 of Tuttle, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. April 19, 2005, in the Tuttle High School Gymnasium.

Brian Stewart was born on July 3, 1975 to Jim and Jan Stewart of Tuttle, Oklahoma. Brian went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2005 after a 15-year battle with brain cancer. He was the world’s first pediatric gene pool therapy patient at St. Jude’s hospital in Memphis. After graduating from Tuttle High School, Brian attended Southwestern and USAO.

SMITH, Rita Jean (Watson)

Services for Rita Jean Smith, 69, of Norman will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2004, at the Avoca Church of Christ in Avoca with Red Barnes officiating. Burial will be at Wanette Cemetery, under the direction of Primrose Funeral Service.
She died Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Norman.

SMITH, Laura V.

Laura Van Smith, 100, of Las Cruces, N.M., passed away quietly on the morning of Aug. 2, 2004 after a brief illness.
She is survived by her daughter, Laura Nan Snow and two grandchildren, Ivan and Tatiana Jontulovich. Laura Van had many interests and belonged to several organizations, some of which included the United Methodist Women, P.E.O. and the El Paso chapter of the American Management Association, in which she served two years as the first female President in the early fifties.

SMATHERS, David

A talented young artist with a bright smile, USAO junior art student David Smathers was tragically killed in a car accident early Saturday morning, Oct. 5, 2002, along I-35 in Moore. A memorial service honoring Smathers is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunnylane United Methodist Church, 2020 S Sunnylane in Del City.

An accomplished artist with several commissioned works, Smathers was known for his positive attitude and strong artistic -- and athletic -- abilities.

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