NORMAN — Larry R. Wade, 72, longtime publisher of the Elk City Daily News and current chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, in Oklahoma City.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Elk City Pioneer Center officiated by the Rev. Dan Peil with the eulogy by David Boren, president of the Univeristy of Oklahoma. Burial will be at Fairlawn Cemetery under the direction of Whinery-Savage Funeral Service.
The family has asked that everyone wear something red in honor of Larry.
Larry was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Elk City, Oklahoma to Frances Loraine (Hart) and Paul R. Wade.
Larry graduated from Elk City High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1961, where he'd served as editor of the Oklahoma Daily, the OU student newspaper. After graduation, Larry joined the U.S. Army Reserve where he served at Fort Ord in the early 1960s.
Larry joined the staff of the Elk City Daily News as a cub reporter at age 13. He became co-publisher with his father in 1966 and publisher when his father passed away in 1972. He was married to Mary Jane (English) Wade in Cordell on Aug. 1, 1970. After their marriage, he remained publisher and maintained the tradition of publishing almost daily hometown editorials, one of the few newspapers in the state to do so giving him the title of the "Most Prolific Writer in Oklahoma.” In 1981, Larry was inducted into the Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
A longtime supporter of his alma mater, Larry was an endowed OU associate and member of the President's Associates, had received the OU Benefactor Award, lifetime member and served on the executive board of the OU Alumni Association, OU Journalism Alumni Association member and was a longtime member and current chairman of the OU Board of Regents, having been appointed by Gov. Brad Henry in 2004 to a seven-year term. He has endowed many scholarships for students. He served on OU's Reach for Excellence Campaign board and on search committees for two OU deans and the director of the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band. He was a member of the Touchdown Club, the Tip-in Club and the Pride of Oklahoma Alumni Club. Larry also helped many local students obtain scholarships by writing letters of recommendation or intervening in other ways.