Edmond's Richard Killgore honored for generosity
EDMOND — The Character Council of Edmond recognized Richard Killgore as a Champion of Character for Generosity during an Edmond City Council meeting.
Colleague and friend Pam Merrill said, when she nominated him, “Through his lifelong involvement in faith-based programs and public education, Richard has served as a role model and inspiration to thousands of young adults and young educators.”
Killgore grew up in the metro area and graduated from Northwest Classen High School. He taught in Oklahoma City Public Schools for 42 years.
“I've always believed that the only true gift is a portion of thyself," Killgore said, referring to a statement by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“I find I am a happier person doing something for someone else than I am doing the same thing for myself. Generosity is one of the things at the absolute heart of love.”
Killgore said he questions the ability to keep Jesus' commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself” without showing generosity.
Killgore has served others through his church and faith-based organizations such as Young Life and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
While his children were growing up, volunteering was a family affair. The meeting times and places allowed Killgore to bring his family along. His wife and three children share his desire to invest in the lives of others, he said.
Merrill shared a Facebook comment posted by his oldest son, Jefferson.
“I had the blessed childhood of watching my hero from the sidelines. He taught me the perseverance that breeds success, the fearlessness that bears courage, and the humility that a true leader possesses. From his wit or his love for serving others, he taught me to be a better man and to love God,” Jefferson wrote.
Since retiring he has continued his generosity to others. He raised scholarship money to send kids to summer camp through Friends of Northwest. He mentors at White Fields, a boy's home, and works with Rally Four, an organization that works to connect public school students with mentors from the community.
The Character Council is a nonprofit organization committed to creating a citywide initiative to build Edmond into a "Community of Character."
To nominate someone as a Champion of Character, go to www.edmondcharacter.org or write to Champions of Character, PO Box 392, Edmond OK 73083-0392.