Covers Revisited: Pete Churchwell, January 2001
The CEO of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma was the January 2001 Tulsan of the Year.
When TulsaPeople chose Pete Churchwell, then CEO of Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, as the January 2001 Tulsan of the Year, he maintained offices at both ends of the turnpike.
His retirement dream was golf, gardening and 365 days of fishing. In 2004, Churchwell and his wife, Sandy, moved from Tulsa to Grand Lake with their Labrador, Amy. Now they have been married 46 years and have two labs, Brady and Lola. But he doesn’t get to fish every day. “I just can’t say ‘no’ to opportunities for public service and volunteering,” says the 74-year-old.
Churchwell has long served as chairman of the Grove Municipal Services Authority, and in 2013, former Gov. Mary Fallin appointed him to the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors. “With my utility background and lake residence, it has been a great fit that I enjoy immensely,” he says.
He also spent 11 years on the Har-Ber Village Foundation Board of Directors, is active in the local Rotary Club, and the couple recently led a major expansion of their church. The parents of three grown children, they travel extensively, including visits to see their seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
“Although I live outside Tulsa now, I will always consider Tulsa my home,” Churchwell says. “I am so proud of the growth, development and renewal that is happening across Tulsa.”