Oklahoma City University News
Picture Perfect Gift
Burbridge Foundation Board Chairman Bobbie Burbridge Lane
with President Robert Henry in front of the inspiring statue of Ruth.
A gift of more than a dozen paintings has broadened Oklahoma City University’s art collection. The collection of Christian paintings, all oil on canvas, was generously donated by the Burbridge Foundation.
The pieces, including “St. John the Baptist,” “The Wise Men Follow the Star,” “Jesus with Pilate,” “The Modonna of the Chair” and “Jesus with Woman at the Well,” can be viewed in the Dulaney Browne Library.
Burbridge Foundation Board Chairman Bobbie Burbridge Lane also loaned the university the statue of Ruth on display in the Clara E. Jones Administration Building.
“It was the kindness of President Robert Henry that inspired me to give the 13 oil paintings, including one porcelain, to Oklahoma City University,” said Burbridge Lane. “His enthusiasm and appreciation of our art touched me deeply…and is exactly the ingredients that I know would have made my father Robert O. Burbridge very happy.”
“A pensive and inspiring statue of Ruth dominates the entrance to the administration building and hence my office,” said OCU President Robert Henry. “I think of Bobbie Burbridge Lane at least twice daily as I pass by the sculpture her family’s foundation has loaned us. And, like Ruth, she is a woman with a mission. Whether giving fabulous art conveying timeless biblical virtues or creating the spectacularly successful (and entertaining) Senior Follies at the Kirkpatrick Auditorium, her vital life force is always at work.”
Burbridge Lane said former OCU Physics Professor Velma Nichols taught her the most important lesson of her life.
“It was that if you are determined enough, work hard enough and totally focus, you can accomplish anything you want in your lifetime,” she said. “It has been proved to me countless times in my life. The Oklahoma Senior Follies, done in my late 70s, is a perfect example of the results of her lesson to me.”