Professor Trout’s Texas-Oklahoma Roots
Richard Trout is a biologist, college professor, and author of young adult novels. He comes from a family rich in historical heritage both in Texas and Oklahoma. His grandmother, Annie Miller was born in Granbury, Texas and crossed the Red River as a little girl in a covered wagon. She married into a Chicakasaw family, the Trouts, in Indian Territory. It was Annie Miller’s great grandfather who fought in the Texas Revolution and was honored a few years ago by the Texas Legislature. Professor Trout’s family still has the original Republic of Texas land deed to their ranch in Milam County, Republic of Texas.
As a seventh grade student in Lubbock, Texas, Richard entered an essay contest, writing about his Texas heritage for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. He won a medal for his region and this began his writing career. The son of a minister, Dr. Virgil R. Trout, Richard counts his growing up years in Levelland, Texas, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lubbock, Texas, and Duncan, Oklahoma as the formative time of his life. But he spent many summers at his grandparents farm in the Arbuckle Mountains of Southern Oklahoma, near the tiny town of Pooleville where he learned to noodle for catfish in nearby streams and harvest wild honey from “live” beehives in trees near an alfalfa pasture. His grandfather, Harrison Cleveland Trout, taught him how to safely handle rifles for hunting and to be a good fisherman. His other grandfather’s family, a German family named the Zorgers, made the Oklahoma land run and claims an ancestor who was a gunsmith for George Washington’s Continental Army.
He Marries A Kansan!
His wife, Mavis, is a thirty-five year teaching veteran with the Putnam City School District in Oklahoma City and grew up in Dodge City, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. His oldest daughter, Kristen Cooper, is a stay-at-home mom and is married to Casey Cooper from Amarillo, Texas. They are both graduates of Abilene Christian University with Casey receiving a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Tech University. They have twins, Emma Kate and Noah, and a third child, Micah Harrison Cooper. They live in beautiful Brownwood, Texas. Professor Trout’s youngest daughter Keely is married to David Clark, whom she met at ACU, and they both live in Ft. Worth where Keely is a teacher and David is in commercial construction management.
Professor Trout went to college at Oklahoma Christian University and Oklahoma State University. As a Professor of Biology, Richard was the 2007 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been a SCUBA diver since receiving his certification in 1970 and has a goal of diving in every ocean on the planet! His favorite book is Out of Africa by Isak Dineson and he enjoys reading Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Jack Higgins, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. However, he also feels that Charles Dickens is the best.
As a fan of the Lost television series, he enjoys unusual action-adventure stories such as the television show Heroes.
Richard firmly believes that ordinary people can do extraordinary things!
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