Dr. Verlin Richardson, Champion of Character

The Edmond City Council recognized retired University of Central Oklahoma chemistry professor, Dr. Verlin Richardson, as a “Champion of Character” for the character trait of creativity, during their Monday night city council meeting.

Dr. Richardson has shown creativity through the constructive activities he has undertaken, taking advantage of the resources around him that not only allows Dr. Richardson to benefit his own needs, but to enrich and benefit others around him.

“(Dr. Verlin Richardson) has served a number of years as a board member of the TimberRidge Owners Association,” wrote Berry Bloyd, who nominated you. “Instead of calling a plumber or other general repair personnel, Verlin would tackle the project first, most often getting the problem fixed and saving the association money. He did this with little fanfare; people would not know who had fixed it.”

As further examples of his creativity, he has contributed to the ecology of his community for over 35 years; maintained his 1988 family car in good running order, hoping “to get another 100,000 miles out of it” he said. During his teaching career atUCO he conserved natural resources by riding his bicycle most every day while you were teaching chemistry at UCO before your retirement. He has taken what others would discard to rebuild both its usefulness and value, providing useful items for the Hope Center. He used creative gardening practices by using yard and garden waste to enrich and build up the humus of his soil, which results in less watering during dry summers, and he “gladly share any garden produce … volunteer red bud tress … perennial plants to community parks and neighbors who will take them,” added Bloyd. ”These are just a few of the examples regarding Verlin’s finding value in something that others would consider useless.”

“Verlin grew up in Ellis County during the depression, where his family taught him character, honesty and the value of good education. He also learned to value highly his faith, family and friends,” wrote Bloyd.

As a result of Dr. Verlin Richard’s creativity he was honored by the City Council on June 26, 2006, for representing Edmond as a “champion of character.”


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