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In Memoriam: 1989 OBA President Tony Massad

Tony MassadFuneral Services: Memorial services will be held at the First Christian Church in Frederick Wednesday April 12, at 11 a.m.

1989 OBA President Anthony “Tony” M. Massad of Frederick, died April 9. He was born June 15, 1928, in Shidler. He attended Oklahoma Military Academy (Rogers State University). He was All-American in football. His football jersey, number 13, was retired in his honor. He graduated from OU in 1949, earning a B.A. in psychology.

Mr. Massad was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army in 1949. He was called to active duty during the Korean War, serving with the 2nd Armored Division between 1950 and 1952. After returning home, he attended law school and earned his J.D. from the OU College of Law in 1955. Shortly after passing the bar, he began practicing at Wilson & Wilson in Frederick. Four years later he was named partner at the. Throughout his career he practiced civil and criminal law.

In 1959 he was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. From 1959-1965 he and served as assistant county attorney of Tillman County. He was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1966, where he played a significant role in the drafting and passage of the Judicial Reform Act of 1968.

He received many awards during his career. Most recently, he was awarded a 60-year service pin by the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Sovereignty Symposium Award by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Bar Foundation (1989), Neil Bogan Professional Award (1990), Oklahoma Bar Center Award (1991), Governor's Award and Citation for Service (2003), and Award of Merit from the Oklahoma Supreme Court (2004). He was especially proud of his 1998 selection by the governing body of the Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Secretary of Interior to form and chair a committee charged with proposing solutions to address the internal strife of the Cherokee Nation.

He was a dedicated Frederick citizen, serving several terms on the Frederick City Council and as attorney for the City of Frederick and Tillman County and Frederick Public Schools. He also served several terms as president of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce.