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George M. Richardson

Posted By Cheyney A. Sparks, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2015


1913 – 2015

Distinguished Educator in Oklahoma, Virginia and Maryland
George M. Richardson, a dynamic educator, joined the Chapter Invisible on June 12, 2015. He had
attained the age of 102 years old and had been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., for over 81
years.  Brother Richardson was born March 1, 1913 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to Professor and Clara
Hodge Richardson.

 He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies with a minor in Business Administration from
Langston University in Oklahoma.  He continued his educational pursuits at nine other colleges and
universities, receiving a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University, New York City, New York and
completed all course work for the Doctorate degree.  Brother Richardson was initiated at Alpha Pi
Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Langston University in 1933 as that chapter’s first pledge.  
George married the former Oline Madison on June 17, 1940. They enjoyed 61 and one half years of
marital bliss and the birth of their son, John Melvin, before she preceded him in death on December 19,
2001.  Until her last day, George was a tireless caregiver and devoted husband.

On July 20, 2004, romance came again to George in the person of the former Arcille Doakes Brown.  For the next 12 years, George found "life anew.”  Arcille also preceded him in death on December 31, 2014. From that union George gained a daughter, Lillian Mitchell.A man who persisted to see young people excel, George worked all of his life to motivate, mentor, educate, and help wherever he found students with a thirst and zeal for knowledge.  He served as principal of several elementary and secondary schools for a period of 46 years in three states,
Oklahoma, Virginia and Maryland.  Prior to retirement he was Assistant to the Area Superintendent in
Montgomery County, Maryland.

As a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi some of his initiatives include: Founder of Oklahoma City Alumni
Chapter’s Kappa Ebony Awareness Bowl, development of the pay-back plan upon which the Oklahoma
City Chapter purchased it’s Kappa Kastle, Charter member and Past Polemarch of the Alexandria/Fairfax
Alumni Chapter. In 2013 the Arlington Virginia Branch of NAACP awarded him the prestigious Charles P.
Monroe Civil Rights Award. He received this award for serving as principal of Hoffmon-Boston High
School in Arlington when it was the lone secondary school for Black students during the era of
integration.

Even after his retirement and return to Oklahoma in 1979, George continued his zest to inspire students
by establishing the George and Oline Richardson Scholarship Fund at Tabernacle Baptist Church.  The
Kappa Ebony Awareness Bowl was renamed the George M. Richardson Kappa Ebony Awareness Bowl
and has been in existence for 30 years.  A true believer in enhancing and providing opportunities for
African American people, George and the late J. W. Sanford built the former "Eastside Theater” to give
an outlet for "first run” movies to be enjoyed by those denied entry to all white theatres of that time.
A diligent man of faith George desired to please and serve God.  As a member of Mt. Olive Baptist
Church in Arlington, Virginia, George served as it Trustee Board Chairman and implemented the first
ever Annual Trustee Day.  After returning to Oklahoma City, he joined and became an active member of
the Tabernacle Baptist Church.  There he worked tirelessly and served in many capacities: Pastoral
Search Committee, Chairperson of the Building Committee, Trustee Board Choir, and the Deacon Board
attaining Emeritus Status in that position.

George M. Richardson, list of awards and accomplishments are many.  But a few that he was most proud
were:  Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Life Member of NAACP, Phi Delta Kappa, Who’s
Who in South and Southwestern United States and an appointment by former George Nigh as the First
Lay Person for the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.  He was also active and had memberships
in several other organizations such as The Urban League, Set Club and the Oklahoma City County Retired
Educators Association’s Past President.  Mr. Richardson also served as a First Lieutenant in the United
States Army, 92nd Infantry Division during World War II.

A man of God, devoted educator, role model, mentor, friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-
grandfather he was proceeded in death by his beloved wife the former Arcille Doaks Brown and leaves
to mourn and cherish his memory, one son John Melvin Richardson (Linda) of Oklahoma City, and one
stepdaughter Lillian Brown Mitchell (Monroe), six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as
many other relatives and friends.

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