Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Richard Moore

Richard Warren "Dick" Moore, Sr. - 1984

Richard Warren “Dick” Moore Sr. is Senior Vice-President of the Arkansas-Louisiana Gas Company.  Arkla has headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana, and serves five states in the area of natural gas and related industries.  

Mr. Moore was born August 6, 1919, in Enid, Oklahoma.  He is married to the former Melda Eaton of Weatherford, and they have two sons: Richard W. Jr. who is a stock broker in New York City, and Steven E., an attorney in Oklahoma City.  He attended Edmond, Oklahoma, public schools and graduated from Southwestern State College at Weatherford, Oklahoma, with an A.B. degree in mathematics and science. 

Mr. Moore entered the gas business in 1941 with Consolidated Gas Utilities Corporation and held various positions at Fairview, Altus, and Sayre prior to being appointed to posts as Area and Distribution Manager in Altus.  In 1955 he was appointed General Sales Manager for Consolidated Gas Utilities Corporation and, upon its merger with Arkla in 1960, he was named Sales Manager of the Oklahoma-Kansas Division.  Later he was named Division Manager of the Oklahoma-Kansas Distribution Division of Arkla which distributes natural gas to more than 135, 000 customers in 105 communities in the two-state area.  Mr. Moore was elected Vice-President of Arkla Gas in September 1963 and promoted to Senior Vice-President in May 1973. 

Mr. Moore has been active in industrial development for many years.  In 1976, he was appointed by Governor Dewey Bartlett as Chairman of Oklahoma State Advisory Committee on Business, Industrial, and Economic Development for Oklahoma and was re-appointed go Governor David Hall to serve in the same capacity.  In February 1974 he stepped down as Chairman of Oklahoma’s Industrial Development Team and was given Oklahoma’s Congressional Award of Appreciation for his leadership resulting in $1,401,328,000 in new and expanded industry during his seven-year tenure. 

He was appointed by Governor George Nigh as a Director of the Oklahoma Economic Development Board.  He has served as Vice-President and Industrial Tour Chairman for the Oklahoma Industrial Development Council.  He is presently a director of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. 

Locally, Mr. Moore has been President of Junior Chamber of Commerce, was honored in 1946 as Outstanding Young Man of the Year by Oklahoma Junior Chamber of Commerce.  He has served as President of Altus Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club, and former Division Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Club.  He is a member of the Elks Club, a 32nd degree Mason; a Trustee of the United Methodist Nursing Home of Clinton, Oklahoma; Finance Chairman for the renovation of the First Methodist Church in Altus (now declared an historical building in Oklahoma), and Director of the National Bank of Commerce in Altus. 

Mr. Moore served as Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of Altus Air Force Base from 1952 through 1977, when he was honored by national as well as local dignitaries with a city-wide reception and many honors; the City of Altus declared a “Dick Moore Week.”  He is now honorary chairman of that committee.  In 1980 he was given the Distinguished Citizens Award by the Military Airlift Command.  The Arkla Company, City of Altus, and the Altus Air Force Base honored Dick at a luncheon.  Special guests were Senator David Boren and Congressman Dave McCurdy as well as the chief executives from Arkla. 

Dick and his wife were presented an all-expense paid trip round-the-world from Arkla.  Mr. Moore was a member of the 1939 National AAU Wrestling Team and a Lifetime Member of the SWOSU Alumni Association.

Dick passed away in 1995.