Services set for OPA Attorney David McCullough
Thursday, August 27, 2020
A funeral service for OPA Attorney David McCullough will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 31, at the Norman Community Church of the Nazarene, 1801 N. Porter Ave., Norman, Okla.
McCullough was born January 6, 1953, and died August 27, 2020. He was 67.
He started his career as a journalist who later, as an attorney, became a champion for freedom of information and First Amendment issues.
After graduating with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1977, he became a general assignment reporter for The Duncan Banner. He was named sports editor of the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat in 1978, and a year later was hired as manager editor of the Guthrie Daily Leader. In his two years as editor, he became known for his unwavering pursuit of government controversies as well as mentoring journalists who went on to distinguished careers.
In 1989, he started working with Michael Minnis as an attorney on behalf of news organizations for the Oklahoma Press Association. After Minnis retired earlier this year, McCullough served as general counsel for OPA and as lead counsel of OPA’s Legal Services Plan.
McCullough then became a founding member of Freedom of Information Oklahoma (FOI Oklahoma). He served as a board member for FOI Oklahoma, elected as president in 1993 and then was named as an advisory board member.
McCullough served as the Chief Counsel and Attorney General for the Wyandotte Nation Tribe over the past 28 years. Among other accomplishments during this time, he successfully adjudicated two landmark land-into-trust cases on behalf of the tribe, which have since been referred to by numerous tribes and attorneys across the United States. This year, he was chosen by tribal leadership to be the “Wyandotte Nation Person of the Year” and was to be honored at the annual meeting in September.
McCullough also worked with the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma for more than 35 years.
He is survived by his parents, Billy and Mona; his wife of 38 years, Debra Jo; his four daughters, Cathryn (Robert), Jayme (Mike), Jo Caryn (Barney), and Cayla (Derek); his grandchildren; and his younger brothers and sisters.