University Trustee Roy William Chandler died Jan. 29 at the age of 81.
Chandler was born on December 29, 1935, in Cushing, Oklahoma. He left the earth to be with his beloved wife, Pat, only five weeks after her passing.
Chandler earned a bachelor of science degree in business from OCU in 1956 and completed a juris doctorate from in 1961. During his time in law school, he helped start the law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. He was a certified public accountant in private practice with Peters and Chandler, P.C. Second only to his family was the love of his work and the clients he served over a long career as a Certified Public Accountant. He lived a full life by involving himself in the community with the people he loved.
A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Economic Club of Oklahoma City, Chandler invested his life in helping others find success. He served as the director and chair of Goodwill Industries of Oklahoma City and was a member and former president of the Oklahoma City Estate Planning Council. He also served on the board of directors for Epworth Villa.
As a trustee, Chandler served as board treasurer and was active on several of the board’s committees. He was a great benefactor for his alma mater, investing his time, talent and treasure in OCU.
In 2015, the Clyde R. Evans Charitable Trust made a lead gift to establish the Roy W. Chandler Endowed Business Scholarship at the university. With the support of family and friends, the Chandler Scholarship has grown to more than $131,000.
Chandler was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Pat Chandler, who died on December 22, 2016. He is survived by daughters Kellie Hardy and Kimberly Morrissey, son-in-law Darrel Hardy, and two grandchildren, Chandler Hardy, current economics junior, and Conner Morrissey.
To honor the memory of Chandler, donations may be made in his name to the Roy W. Chandler Endowed Business Scholarship at OCU.