Conversations about the pioneers of the Oklahoma FFA Association don’t get very far until the name of Dick Fisher is mentioned.
Fisher organized and chartered the Cushing FFA chapter in 1934. Since then, the chapter has established a storied reputation in the annals of the Oklahoma and the National FFA associations. Fisher served as Cushing High School’s vocational agriculture instructor for 16 years. During that period, Cushing FFA members won hundreds of awards at state and national fairs and livestock shows. The highlight of his teaching career came in 1944 when one of his students, Oliver Kinzie, was elected to the prestigious post of national FFA president.
After resigning as Cushing’s vocational agriculture instructor in 1950, Fisher began his own farming and ranching operation on a 160-acre farm near Cushing. Fisher worked tirelessly in the interests of the FFA, vocational education and agriculture. The Sale Coliseum at the Payne County Free Fair was named after him, honoring his 56 years of service as a member of the Payne County Fair Board, the last 24 as its chairman.
Fisher was active in the Methodist Church, the Cushing Rotary Club and a number of other state and local organizations.
Fisher was inducted to the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 1991.