Induction Category & YearProfessional 2014
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   Fred Cozad
Champion of Excellence


Fredric R. Cozad was born to

Ray and Lola May Cozad and raised on a homestead in Bennett County, South Dakota. He graduated from Bennett County High School at age fifteen and then attended Chadron State College until he was old enough to join the military. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. Upon his discharge, he used

the GI Bill to earn a law degree from the University of South Dakota (USD).<o:p></o:p>


His wife, Luella, was born and

raised on a farm near Schleswig, Iowa. She graduated from Schleswig High School and Morningside College, and was studying for a master’s degree at USD when she met Cozad, who was in law school. They were married the same year they graduated, 1949. Cozad also was admitted to the State Bar of South Dakota and

the Federal Bar Association that year. <o:p></o:p>


The couple returned to Martin,

where the new attorney hung his shingle, starting the Cozad Law Office with Luella as the secretary. Their law office in Martin stayed open for sixty-five

years, closing only recently. <o:p></o:p>


Over the years Cozad received

several professional awards and recognition, including the 2006 Marshall M. McKusick Award presented annually by the USD Student Bar Association for

outstanding contributions in the practice of law.<o:p></o:p>


Cozad has served Bennett

County and the Martin community in many capacities. He served as County Judge, spent several terms as State’s Attorney, served over sixty years as County Veterans Service Officer, was School District Attorney for more than twenty-five years, and was Martin City Attorney for more than thirty years. Cozad and his spouse have been active in the Martin community. They are lifetime members and regular attendees of the Lindsey Memorial Presbyterian Church, where both served as elders of the church and Cozad's wife was church organist

and directed the choir for many years.<o:p></o:p>


The Cozards endowed a

scholarship given annually to a graduating senior at the local high school. Cozad also assisted a number of his clients in setting up and endowing

scholarships for graduating seniors.<o:p></o:p>


Cozad has been a member of the

Bennett County American Legion Post 240 for sixty-eight years. The Cozads were involved in the creation and funding of the Martin Community Foundation through the South Dakota Community Foundation. This foundation gives grants to nonprofit and charitable organizations in the local community. Cozad remains on

the Board of Directors.<o:p></o:p>


At the state level, Cozad has

held positions on a number of boards and commissions including the Board of Regents, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Board of Vocational Education, the Board of Charities and Corrections which operates the state’s penitentiary, the board of the Human Services Center (previously Yankton State Hospital) serving the mentally ill, the State Training School, the State Veterans Home, the South Dakota Developmental Center (previously The Redfield State Hospital and School) serving those with developmental disabilities, and the South Dakota

School for the Deaf.<o:p></o:p>


Their daughter, Catherine, and

her husband, Keith Albrecht, live in Plankinton, South Dakota. The Cozads have two granddaughters, Ferra and Amy; one grandson, Justin; and six great-grandchildren, Jaylen, Jacey, Jet, Isabel, Ireland, and Elodie. They remain active in their retirement and are enjoying the fellowship of many of the

friends they acquired along their lifetime journey. <o:p></o:p>

Nominated by Rich Cutler <o:p></o:p>

Home Town (Bennett County, SD)
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