July 22, 1926 - June 15, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Jim was born on July 22, 1926, in South Bend, IN to Gladys and Ralph Tusing, youngest of four children. He moved to Florida as a teen-ager and graduated Auburndale High School. He served in World War II in the Navy on an LSM 372 as Radio Operator. He later graduated from Auburn University. Jim later moved back to South Bend to marry the love of his life, Rita Ann Hosvar. His experience with hotel and motels, country clubs and resorts was very extensive. He designed and administered a complete training program for all employees in the Oklahoma area. He was a Registered Lobbyist for the Hotel Industry, both city and state government. The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1964 to the Holiday Inn in Midwest City, then in late 1964, he opened the Holiday Inn Downtown Oklahoma City, where the family lived until late in 1970. They moved to Houston; Los Angeles; Little Rock; Lafayette, IN, then back to OKC in 1975. Over a lifetime of achievements, his education was very important. He graduated Auburn University, went to school and taught at Purdue University, Cornell University, graduated Holiday Inn University, and also went to school at Notre Dame. He received a diploma from American Hotel & Motel Association; was Commissioner and Chairman of Oklahoma City Convention & Tourism, 1979 - 1981; and taught at Oklahoma Vo-Tech Department, both in OKC and Tulsa; ran the Oklahoma Hotel & Motel Association from 1982 until merging with the Oklahoma Restaurant Association in 1994. He was also a member of SKAL International and International Association of Hotel Association Executives and was currently Oklahoma City Historian. He has written two books, "OKC Hoteliers and Their Hotels" and his Navy book, "We Land at the Break of Day." He also developed and installed a free direct line Reservation System for members in seven states' Visitors Information Centers operated by the Department of Tourism. Jim enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, horse racing, and going to South Padre with his son every year. He told you what he thought; he did not beat around the bush; he loved to write to The Daily Oklahoman letters to editor; he loved to speak and write; and towards the end, he really missed swimming every day with his buddies. Jim was predeceased by two sons, Jimmy and Paul Tusing. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rita; and one son, Thomas Tusing, of OKC; one grandson, Brandon & wife Laci, of OKC; and two great-grandsons, Broden and Ryker Lee Noran. Memorial Services at Saint Joseph Old Cathedral Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 2 p.m.
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Published in The Oklahoman on June 25, 2013