McCoy, Bob

McCoy, Bob '60BOB MCCOY
Classmates,Four weeks following our 1960 graduation, I reported to the United
States Military Academy at West Point, NY where I spent four very
challenging but rewarding years.  I graduated with the Class of 1964, was
commissioned in the Field Artillery and then attended the Army’s Airborne
and Ranger School at Ft. Benning, GA.  That experience was followed with
interesting tours of duty in Germany, Vietnam and Ft. Sill, OK.  I
resigned my commission in 1969, having attained the rank of Captain and
having been awarded numerous medals for valor and meritorious service.  I
enjoyed my military service immensely but in the end left to attend law
school and pursue a legal career.

I used my GI Bill benefits to attend the University of Michigan
Law School where I graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif in
1972.  Watching Michigan beat Ohio State in the “Big House” while I was
there was truly something to see.  Although my time at West Point, in the
military and at Michigan had cut the apron strings, my roots pulled hard
and I returned to Oklahoma to join the Tulsa law firm of Conner & Winters
where I practiced until 1988, primarily as a corporate, securities and
business transaction lawyer.  I left the law firm to take a senior legal
position with The Williams Companies, Inc., a large energy company based
in Tulsa.  Williams treated me well, allowing me to attend the Stanford
Executive Program in Palo Alto in 1995 and to serve in several senior
leadership positions for it and its subsidiaries before I retired in 2002.

I then rejoined my old law firm as “of counsel,” intending to transition
into full retirement.  I almost made it, but in 2008 the firm asked me to
lead its representation in a large bankruptcy case with which I am still
involved today.  Basically, I flunked “Retirement 101.”  In addition to
practicing law full time, I volunteer my time as an Adjunct Settlement
Judge for the federal court system.

I married Nancy Shannon, EHS Class of 1959, shortly after my West
Point graduation.  We have a daughter, Colleen, who lives in Denver with
her family including one granddaughter, Naomi.  Colleen also is a lawyer.

Nancy and I divorced in 1983 (she still lives in Tulsa).  In 1987, I
married Judi, a Tulsa lawyer, and we are very happily married and enjoy
our life together.

Still enjoying good health, Judi and I lead very active lives and
share many interests.  I have been a serious distance runner for a number
of years and can still boast of winning my age group in local races.  Of
my seven marathon runs, my personal best time was 2:40 at the Boston
Marathon some years ago.  In no particular order, Judi and I together
enjoy fly fishing, long distance bicycling, snow skiing, scuba diving,
canoeing, hiking, backpacking, golfing and showing our championship Morgan
horses.  (In fact, Judi will miss this year’s reunion because of
commitments at this year’s Morgan Grand National Horse Show in Oklahoma
City.)  Many of our travels, near and far, have revolved around one or
more of those activities.  We have fished for trout in Alaska, New Zealand
and Chile, scuba dived and fished for bonefish in the Caribbean, canoed in
the Arctic Barren Lands, snow skied several places in the US and
Switzerland, backpacked in Austria, Italy and Switzerland as well as the
US, biked across Oklahoma five times, biked across the south island of New
Zealand and, earlier this year, biked from Mobile, AL to Shiloh, TN as
part of a three year plan to ride the entire Underground Railroad Route
from AL to Canada.

That’s enough for now – I look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.
Bob McCoyMcCoy, Bob '10