The brand of Duncan Public Schools is “A Tradition of Excellence.” The school district tries to keep this tradition in mind as it annual recognizes its former students who hold true to the brand.

Duncan Public Schools Foundation will have its 18th annual Hall of Fame banquet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12, in the Simmons Center.

This year’s inductees are J. Doug Pruitt and Robert W. “Bobby” Richardson III. They make the 37th and 38th inductees into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993.

To be inducted into the DPSF Hall of Fame, candidates must have attended Duncan Public Schools are some point in their education and must have achieve excellence in a field of endeavor, profession or vocation with community, state or national recognition.

J. Doug Pruitt

J. Doug Pruitt is the chairman and chief executive officer of Sundt Construction Inc. Pruitt has been employed by the company since 1966.

At the company, he has served in various roles including executive vice president and manager of the building division, vice president and manager of construction management services, and chief estimator of Sundt’s building division. Pruitt became president and chief operating officer in 1992, and moved into his current position in 1998.

His community and profession affiliations include American Council for Construction Education, American Institute of Constructors, Association General Contractors of America as life director, vice president and past chairman of many committees, Arizona Builders Alliance as life director, Arizona State University Del E. Webb School of Construction past president.

Pruitt is a founding member of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative. He has been involved in the Consulting Constructors Council of America, Construction Industry Round Table past chairman, Greater Phoenix Leadership as director, National Academy of Construction and the Nature Conservancy as trustee.

Between 1981 and 1999, Pruitt authored nine publications, and his first published item “Slipforming Building Cores,” ran in the Concrete International in July 1981.

From 1980 to 2008, numerous feature articles have been published on him, including a July 2008, report, “Mid-Market Management Trends” that was in the publication “The Conference Board — On the Record.”

Robert W. “Bobby” Richardson III

Bobby Richardson graduated from Duncan Public Schools in 1958, and has been active in the Duncan community through many civic organizations. Before his retirement, Richardson was a pharmacist.

Community and professional affiliations include serving as a member of the Duncan Board of Education for 15 years. During his time with the school board, Richardson held the office of president four times.  He’s been involved in the Duncan Public Schools Foundation for four years, a member of Duncan Jaycees for 12 years, and for more than 40 years, has been a member of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also has been involved in Duncan Regional Hospital with six years as a board member and task force for physician recruitment, and on his civic resume, has been a Chisholm Trail Hospice volunteer.

He has served on the Security National Bank Board for more than 20 years, been a member of the BancFirst Duncan Advisory Board member, and involved in the Foreman’s Prairie House as vice president. He was a board member of the Oklahoma Main Street Program from 1976 to 2008 and was president six times.

Richardson has served 40 years on the Duncan Rotary Club and has been president. He is the piano player and song leader. He is a choir member at First United Methodist Church and a finance board member since 2006. He has been the chairman of the scholarship committee for the Elk’s Lodge.

Richardson was the Duncan 1993 Centennial Committee president. He’s involved in Civic Capers. He helped form the Duncan Chapter of Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, which merged into the Southwest Pride in 1980. He formed the Vocal Orchestration Corp., and won various quartet competitions.

He has been involved in the Travel and Tourism Committee for Duncan, has been a United Way team captain, was the president of the OU Pharmacy Alumni Association from 2000-03, and has been involved in the Oklahoma Pharmacy Association as District 6 president numerous times, was state president and hosted the state convention in 1995.

— Derrick Miller is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 144, or via e-mail at

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