Charles Edward Platt passed away September 11, 2016 in Tulsa Oklahoma at
age 86. He was born March 8, 1930, in Stillwater to Charles Eli and Donna
Mae Platt. His parents were retired employees of Oklahoma State University.
Charles is the former President and CEO of the Oklahoma State University
Foundation. Under his tenure the Foundation received its first million
dollar donation. This was the first of its kind from an individual or
couple rather than a business entity.
In 1948 Charles graduated from Stillwater High School, Stillwater, Oklahoma
and began attending Oklahoma A & M College. In January of 1951 he
joined the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was first stationed
at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. February of that year he was transferred
to Chanute AFB at Rantoul, Illinois, and discharged with the rank of Staff
Sergeant in 1954. He reentered OAMC and graduated from the OAMC College
of Business in 1957. Working part time at Fenton Office Supply while in
college, he became a part-owner of the office store located in Stillwater.
Charles joined Continental Pipe Line Company in 1959. He was transferred
to Casper Wyoming, Ponca City Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls Texas. In September
1965 he was transferred to Conoco (Continental Oil Company) in Houston,
Texas. He held various managerial positions, including Personnel Recruiting
and Manager of Conoco's LP Gas Supply.
Charles' love of OSU never wavered. While in Houston he was OSU Alumni
President for the Houston Chapter. In June 1974 he joined the Oklahoma
State University Foundation as Executive Director and CEO in Stillwater,
OK. Later, to become Executive Vice President, and President while remaining
as the Chief Executive Officer. In 1982 he was appointed Vice President
for Alumni and Development and held the dual positions as he continued
as President of the OSU Foundation. In 1987 Charles resigned as Vice President
of OSU and retired Oct 31 1992 from the position as President and CEO
of the OSU Foundation.
Traveling became Charles' main interest upon his retirement In May
of 1993 he and his wife Sue left Stillwater and traveled for five years
in their motor home. Late in life he and Sue made their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Charles is survived by his wife Sue Wegner Platt (formerly of Ponca City)
of 44 years; children (and spouses): Barbara Lee Platt of Houston, Texas,
Karen Jo Hearn and husband Kenneth of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Andrew Burns
Platt and wife Debra of Houston, Texas, Lisa Rene Sisney and husband Lynn
of Kellyville, Oklahoma. Grandchildren: Jon, Melissa, Christoper, Kenny
and Charlie Hearn; Cameron and Trenton Sisney. Great grandchildren: Knox
and Grace Hearn of Houston, Texas (parents Christopher and Emily Hearn).
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mollyanne Cypert-Davidson
of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Charles E. Platt Distinguish
Scholarship Fund, OSU Foundation, Post Office Box 1749, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74076