Thursday, May 21, 2009

RIP Paul Strasbaugh

From The Oklahoman May 21

"Longtime Oklahoma City civic and business leader, Paul B. Strasbaugh, died May 20, 2009. He was 91. Paul loved Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. For over six decades, Paul worked with other civic and business leaders to build a bigger and better Oklahoma City. Even though his fingerprints can be seen on the development of almost every major economic success for over a half century, he preferred to work behind the scenes. In fact, one of his favorite sayings was, "It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn't matter who gets the credit." Paul began his distinguished career with the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce in 1946....

...In 1933, a new Eagle Scout, 16 year old Paul Strasbaugh, was selected by his fellow Eagle Scouts to make a presentation in the Oval Office to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Paul approached the President and said, "Mr. President, on the behalf of 1,500 scouts of the York Adams Area Council, I have the honor and privilege to present to you five dozen white roses symbolizing York County, Pennsylvania." President Roosevelt responded, "Isn't that marvelous." He took to heart the Scout Oath, which begins, "On my honor, I will do my duty, to God and my country?." As a member of what Tom Brokaw has called the "Greatest Generation," Paul did his duty in World War II as a combat participant in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. His accomplishments are too numerous to list..."

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