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Clifton L. Richards Sr.

Born: 3/1/1886

Died: 10/17/1998

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Clifton L. Richards Sr., a businessman and philanthropist known as Mr. Shoes for his support of the Assistance League of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, October 17, 1998. He was 102.

Mr. Richards was born in McAlester, Indian Territory, on March 1, 1886. He lived there until he went into the service during World War I. he was a Sergeant in the Ambulance Corps at the time of his discharge in 1919.

He moved to Tulsa in 1925 and started Vendome Tank Car Co., an 800-tank car fleet that covered the Untied States and Canadian railways before oil pipelines. He sold the company in 1962 and turned his interest to oil production in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Mr. Richards supported many charitable organizations in Tulsa including the Assistance League of Tulsa School Bell Program, Tulsa Boys Home, March of Dimes, Tulsa Center for the Physically Limited and the Children’s Hospital of Tulsa.

He also supported many civic activities of Tulsa, including Tulsa Ballet Theater, Tulsa Philharmonic, Philbrook Museum of Art and the Gilcrease Museum. In 1992, he formed the Richards Foundation to carry on his philanthropy.

He was a 75-year member of the North McAlester Masonic Lodge, a member of the York Rite of McAlester, and a 33 degree member of the Scottish Rite. He was the Past Potentate of Akdar Shrine in Tulsa. Until his passing, he was the oldest living Past Potentate in all of Shrine.

Survivors include his two sons, Clifton L. Richards, Jr., of Del Mar, California, and Edwin T. Richards of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.