Publications for 2017

  • Fall
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      Doug and Hilda Bourne make $2 million gift to women's scholarship in engineering

      Doug and Hilda Bourne have been down every road together, surviving a world war, building a thriving business, and raising two daughters. Now, the University of Oklahoma chemical engineering graduate and his bride of 74 years are making it easier for promising women engineers to find their own path.

      The couple recently established the Doug...

      Oklahoma entrepreneur Gene Rainbolt honored with naming of graduate school of business

      The University of Oklahoma is celebrating the newly named Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business, which recognizes the second largest gift in the history of OU’s Michael F. Price College of Business.

      “We are deeply grateful to the Rainbolt family for this historic and extremely generous gift,” said OU President David L...

      Mary and Howard Lester Scholarships move OU students toward success

      Mary and Howard Lester lived the American Dream, and they never forgot that education was their ticket to success — or to take others along for the ride.

      During the past decade, the Lester Family Foundation has helped 29 University of Oklahoma students earn their degrees through a $300,000 gift to the OU Foundation.


      OU Foundation creates software to improve gift processing speed and efficiency

      New fund accounting software developed by the University of Oklahoma Foundation’s information technology staff is proving to be a game-changer that makes gift processing and reporting to donors simpler, faster and less prone to errors.

      The software success means that the Foundation can close its monthly books five to 10 days earlier...

      Ross Foundation gift helps OU College of Architecture share its impact through 'American School' exhibit

      An exhibit that will help the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture claim its rightful place in design history has received a lead gift from Warren Ross and the Ross Charitable Foundation of Tulsa.

      Ross, chairman and president of Ross Group, made an initial, $25,000 commitment to the OU Foundation to sponsor the exhibit, The Ameri...

      Cancer research fund brings Sparks and Harrison families full circle

      Entrepreneur, big-band singer and Navy beachmaster, the late OU alumnus Baxter Abbott Sparks lived larger than life. Now a $100,000 estate gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation has brought his life full circle.

      Before his 2015 death at age 94, Sparks established the Jean Wheeler Sparks and Baxter Abbott Sparks Breast Cancer Researc...

      OU students thrive at Arezzo with help from Stuart Family Foundation Scholarships

      International study has become one of the hallmarks of a University of Oklahoma education, and the Stuart Family Foundation is doing its part to make study abroad possible through a 10-year, $500,000 commitment to the OU Foundation.

      The Stuart Family Foundation Scholarship Fund provides $50,000 in annual scholarship support and expanded op...

      Cantu Family Scholarship leads the way for future OU Marines

      When Rodrigo Cantu was offered the opportunity to earn a college degree while still an active member of the U.S. Marine Corps, he knew only two things about the University of Oklahoma — that a high school buddy had been a big fan of the Sooners and that OU had an excellent Naval ROTC program.

      Nearly two decades later, Rodrigo and his...

      OU physician shares family journey through endowment for medical students

      When Dr. Michael Weisz looks across the room at some of his students, he gets a glimpse of his own past.

      He remembers the days when Happy Meals and pizzas were an extravagance, sleep was limited, the car was old, work was hard and there was never enough time to spend with the kids.

      Weisz is chairman of internal medicine and direc...

      Martin Family Foundation prepares next generation of Oklahoma nurses for service

      A legacy of generosity from the Martin Family Foundation of Oklahoma City continues to grow with a $50,000 gift to the University of Oklahoma Earl and Fran Ziegler College of Nursing.

      Since 1998, the Martin Family Foundation has given more than $1 million to the university through the OU Foundation. Nearly half of that support has bee...

  • Summer
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      Valero invests in OU’s Gallogly Hall

      A $1.5 million invest­ment in the future of engineering educa­tion has ushered in a new relationship between the University of Okla­homa and Valero Energy Corp.

      Valero recently made its initial gift to the OU Foundation for the construction of a first-floor lecture hall space in Gallogly Hall, which will become home to the Gallo­gly Colleg...

      Gridiron Club

      The final curtain fell on the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club in 2015, but the impact of the 85-year-old show is still being felt by students in the University of Oklaho­ma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

      The club’s charitable arm, the Oklahoma City Gridiron Founda­tion, distributed one-third of its final as...


      Great teachers led Michael McCaf­ferty from a small town in eastern Oklahoma to prominent positions in several of America’s top corpora­tions. For the past six years, he has been doing his best to ensure that future students have the same opportunity to learn from talented educa­tors with gifts to the University of Oklahoma Foundation.


      When the state budget crisis hit home for professionals who provide climate data to Okla­homans, a retired professor who knows precisely how valuable that research is stepped forward to fill the gap.

      Professor Emeritus Claude Duchon and his wife, Norman civic leader Helen Duchon, made a $100,000 gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundatio...


      When Henry and Ida Mosier left mineral rights to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, they had no idea their gift would provide millions of dollars for OU students over the past four decades and into the future. And the late Oklahoma Broadway and film actor Erik Rhodes couldn’t have guessed that bequeathing seemingly stagnant mineral rights...

      OU Investment

      Donors and members of the University of Oklahoma administration gained insight into private equity and capital markets during June’s OU Investment Forum.

      The free event is sponsored by the OU Foundation and serves as a behind-the-scenes view of the investment world and an annual report to university supporters. An overview of trends...

      Linda Lake Young

      A new opportunity was born for stu­dents in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communi­cation when University of Oklahoma alumna Linda Lake Young’s love of news and sports collided.

      The Linda Lake Young Sports Media Schol­arship Fund was established with a $25,000 gift from Young to the OU Foundation. First consideration for...

      Family of Los Alamos physicist

      Marvin Mueller knew in junior high that when he grew up, he wanted to be a physicist.

      It was an unlikely ambition for an eighth-grader in 1943, because most kids didn’t even know there was such a thing – and, coming from a single-parent household in Oklahoma City, there was hardly enough money to put food on the table, let alon...

      Sinclair Endowed Scholarship

      Doug and Mary Sinclair know the value of a University of Oklahoma degree. That’s why they have put their time, tal­ents and treasure behind an endowed scholar­ship that helps students discover the “Purpose of Price.”

      The Sinclairs have given $100,000 to the OU Foundation to establish the William D. and Mary H. Sinclair En...


      William J. Kennedy’s passion for leadership was honed during his years as a University of Oklahoma student and as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Inspired by the example of retired Gen. Jerry Holmes, he hopes to share that passion with OU students in the Gallogly College of Engineering.

      Kennedy recently made a $150,000 gift to the OU...

  • Spring
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      Sandra Mackey

      Adventurer, analyst, teacher and journalist. All these titles and more encompass the vivid life of Sandra Mackey, whose contributions to understanding the Middle East will be memorialized with a $2 million gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

      Mackey, an Oklahoma City native who died in 2015, was a leading Middle East expert and...

      William Kerber

      The University of Oklahoma School of Computer Science has received the largest gift in its history with a $1 million commitment from William Kerber, a founding team member of Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc.

      Some $650,000 of Kerber’s gift will establish the Computer Science Teaching Scholars Endowed Fellowship Fund, $250,000 will b...

      'True fan'

      Devotion may have been LoAnn Holliday’s greatest gift.

      Holliday’s life centered around faith, friends, pets and her job. But she set aside a special place in her heart for the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball team and Coach Sherri Coale – so much so that she honored the team with a $16,000 estate gift upon her death.


      Zarrow Foundation

      A $500,000 commitment from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation of Tulsa is bringing to reality the dream of a unique space that will engage University of Oklahoma faculty and graduate students in Bizzell Memorial Library.

      The gift to the OU Foundation is transforming 24,000 square feet of the library’s Lower Level 2 into the newly renamed...

      Phillips 66

      Phillips 66 is investing in the future of engineering education with a $1 million gift to the University of Oklahoma Foundation for the construction of Gallogly Hall, future home of the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering, the Gallogly College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Program, and multiple engineering learning spaces and labor...

      Diversity Board

      A band of alumni who made their mark on the University of Oklahoma’s Gallogly College of Engineering are joining forces to build a gathering area that recognizes and encourages strength in diversity.

      The Gallogly College Dean’s Advisory Board on Diversity recently launched a campaign to raise $75,000 for the Diversity and Inclusion Recepti...

      Boggs Estate

      Though her son, Vincent, had been gone four decades, Nettie Vincent Boggs was determined that people would remember him through more than $2.6 million in estate gifts to engineering education at the University of Oklahoma Foundation. Now, Vincent Boggs will be memorialized with a new, $500,000 gift to OU’s Gallogly Hall.

      The former Nettie...

      Kinnebrew Family

      First names, the accounting profession and the University of Oklahoma all run in Jack M. Kinnebrew’s family. Now, he is sharing two out of the three with the next generation through gifts to the OU Foundation.

      The Jack M. and Carole Kinnebrew Academic Scholarship Program Fund provides scholarships to outstanding freshmen entering OU’s Pric...

      Owens Estate

      Bill and Lucille Owens were known to thousands of furniture customers in Oklahoma, but few realized that their quiet generosity would make education possible for a generation of students at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

      Lucille, who died in 2015, was recognized by people throughout the region from television commercials a...

      Douglas Nix

      Jim Yates’ long road to the University of Oklahoma was nurtured by the generosity of others. It is a fact he never forgot after earning his degree in petroleum land management in 1982.

      Now, Yates finds himself creating the same types of financial bridges that led him to OU, and he is hoping to offer similar opportunities to others.

      McMahon Foundation

      Members of the McMahon Foundation Board of Directors stand outside the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication dean’s suite that recently was named in honor of the McMahon Foundation. The foundation, which is head quartered in Lawton, Okla., has given more than $1.5 million in scholarships to OU journalism students since 1964. Pictured...