Retiring from USAO in 2000, President Roy Troutt’s 60-year career in Oklahoma education spanned seven decades, 11 U.S. presidents and 13 Oklahoma governors.
Under his leadership, USAO refined it’s signature liberal arts curriculum, regained unconditional accreditation and earned its first national ranking for academic quality in U.S. News and World Report. He led the school through the lean 1970s after changing to coeducational status, through the oil bust of the 1980s and to revitalization in the 1990s, when Sparks Hall was redesigned and the Student Center got an elaborate makeover. In his honor, the USAO Board of Regents christened the school's Administration Building "Troutt Hall" in the fall of 1995.
When the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame was created in 1994, Troutt was named among the first inductees that inaugural year. Earlier that year, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, from which he earned his bachelor's degree in 1941. In 2000, the Ardmore Public School Foundation named Troutt among the first inductees to its new hall of fame.
A decorated veteran of World War II, Troutt established an expertise in the handling and disposing of explosives. During a tour of duty in the Pacific, Troutt employed his training during the famed Leyte Invasion in the Philippines and during invasions of other Pacific islands. Then, in Washington D.C., he headed the research division of the Navy Bomb Disposal School until the War ended in 1945. For his service in the Navy, Troutt earned the Bronze Star and other citations.
While Ruth Troutt dedicated much of her time to civic and philanthropic causes in Chickasha, Norman, Ardmore and Durant, she devoted 61 years in support of the career of her husband.
She entertained state, national and international guests from 1975-2000, during her husband's 25 years as president of USAO. Together they traveled to 28 countries in support of Rotary International, raising funds for PolioPlus and the Rotary Heritage and History International Fellowship, among other causes.
She was an active member of Chi Beta Delphian, a local women's social and study club. She hosted various events for the group and chaired its yearbook committee. She also served nearly 25 years in the Sorosis Club, the oldest federated study club in Chickasha, hosting social events and programs. She also hosted district-wide events for both organizations.
She was an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA, along with her husband. They were active in the First Presbyterian Church of Chickasha during their years here, where she served on various committees for events, renovations and ministerial installations. One of her favorite initiatives was to lead special events to honor senior adults on their birthdays and at Christmas.
The Roy and Ruth Troutt Scholarship is awarded to a student wishing to obtain a college education and needing financial assistance. Back to Scholarship Page