A former Oklahoma County District judge whose interest in helping young people established the presence of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the state has died, his family said Sunday.
William Robert Saied, 91, died at home on Saturday, said his grandson, Nick Farha.
Saied was appointed to serve as an Oklahoma County District Court Judge in 1976, a position he held until 1988.
Saied graduated from Classen High School in 1940 before enlisting in the Air Corps and serving during World War II. He married Marjory Tayar in 1948 and, in 1949, graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Saied spent 12 years on the bench and became known as friendly, thoughtful and, in his rulings, unpredictable, according to a 1988 article in The Oklahoman describing the judge's time at the courthouse.
In his work as a judge and earlier work as a Jackson County attorney in Altus, Saied encountered many criminals, mostly men. Saied founded a chapter of Big Brothers in Altus in 1951 in an effort to provide guidance he hoped would keep kids out of trouble and, later, out of jail, Farha said. Later, Saied founded a chapter in Oklahoma City, which was recognized as the first chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Oklahoma.
The organization in 2008 established the Judge William R. Saied Lifetime Achievement Award, Farha said.
“He had unconditional love for all those around him,” Farha said. “He let everyone know that. He was not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve.”
A trisagion service is 7 p.m. Monday at St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. Funeral services, under the direction of Smith & Kernke, N May, are 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elijah. Burial will be at Rose Hill.