The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

March 27, 2014

Robert L. ‘Buddy’ Pendarvis

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NORMAN —

Buddy was active in the Cleveland County Bar Association and served as chair of the Bench and Bar Committee, when attorneys and judges discuss the administration of justice in Cleveland County district court.

In 1993, the Oklahoma Bar Association conferred its Public Service Award on Buddy, and in 2004, he received the Distinguished Service Award. The Cleveland County Bar awarded him its first Professional Award, and he was recently designated among the best of the Best Lawyers of America publication. Buddy was active in the State and National Association of School Board Attorneys.

Up until his passing, his law practice included real estate transactions and estate planning in addition to Norman Public Schools affairs. At the age of 85, he was in the office every day and ended most workdays with a swim and water aerobics. Summer evenings, he taught water aerobics classes in his neighborhood pool. He also loved sports and was an active tennis and golfer until water aerobics took over the past 25-plus years as his recreational hobby.

Buddy’s list of accomplishments in the community and with his faith was long and diverse. He taught the Fellowship Sunday School class at McFarlin Memorial Methodist Church for the last 40-plus years. He also served as their legal counsel.

Buddy loved the University of Oklahoma and loved being a Sooner. He enjoyed watching just about any OU sporting event but particularly loved OU football. On days when he wasn’t working, he almost always wore something with an OU logo. He served as president of both the OU Alumni Association and the OU College of Law Alumni Association and was inducted into the OU Alumni Hall of Fame. A longtime season ticket holder for OU football and basketball, he served on the OU Athletic Council in the early 1970s, at the time Wade Walker was name to replace Gomer Jones as athletic director.

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