Albert “Buddy” Riesen, Jr., longtime editor and publish­er of The Ardmoreite, died Thursday at age 79.


 


A 1950 graduate of Ard­more High School, Riesen graduated from the Univer­sity of Okla­homa in 1954 with a bache­lor’s degree in journalism.


 


He joined the family owned local daily paper and became editor and publisher in 1958. He was an award-win­ning columnist and under his leadership The Ardmo­reite won numerous awards. Riesen was a member of the Oklahoma Press Association Board and served as a mem­ber of the OPA Foundation Board. He also served as chairman of the OPA Sum­mer Conference and chair­man of the OU Journalism Committee.


 


Albert “Buddy” Riesen, Jr., longtime editor and publish­er of The Ardmoreite, died Thursday at age 79.

 

A 1950 graduate of Ard­more High School, Riesen graduated from the Univer­sity of Okla­homa in 1954 with a bache­lor’s degree in journalism.

 

He joined the family owned local daily paper and became editor and publisher in 1958. He was an award-win­ning columnist and under his leadership The Ardmo­reite won numerous awards. Riesen was a member of the Oklahoma Press Association Board and served as a mem­ber of the OPA Foundation Board. He also served as chairman of the OPA Sum­mer Conference and chair­man of the OU Journalism Committee.

 

Riesen sold the paper to Stauffer Communications in 1983 and began a second career as a stock broker.

 

Active in numerous local, regional and state organizations, Riesen cofounded Oak Hall School and served as president. He also served as a member of the Ardmore City Schools Enrichment Foun dation and the Community Foundation of Ardmore. In addition, he was a cofounder of Leadership Ardmore.

 

Riesen served as president of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and was a three-year master of ceremonies at the annual chamber banquet. His service also encompassed the State Chamber of Commerce, where he served as vice chairman during the organization's formative years.

 

A sponsor of the local Historical Society, he was honored as a member of the organization's Hall of Fame and was also lauded by the Kiwanis Club with citizenship awards noting his "dedicated and exemplary service to the community." Riesen was also a longtime member of the boards of Exchange National Bank (BancFirst) and Memorial Hospital (Mercy Memorial Health Center).

 

Services for Riesen are pending with Craddock Funeral Home.