A notable Oklahoma City philanthropist is checking items off her “bucket list” with a donation of art to Oklahoma City University.
Bobbie Burbridge Lane, president of The Burbridge Foundation, last weekend dedicated a collection of 13 works of art from The Burbridge Foundation's collection to the university in honor of seven of her special friends.
“It's about thanking people for standing by me, for mentoring me, or being real true friends,” Lane said. “I just think it's terrible to not, before you die, let the people who have done and meant the most to you know in some huge way.”
The donated artworks are large oil-on-canvas pieces that are featured in the university's Dulaney-Browne Library and the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.
The special friends in honor of whom Lane dedicated the donation are Gladys and Morrison Tucker, Josephine Freede, Helen Ford Wallace, Joyce and George McDonnold and Robert Henry, OCU president.
At the dedication ceremony, Lane shared personal stories about each honoree and what they meant to her and her family at different parts of her life. Her daughter, Dianne Lane Beffort, and her son, Wes Lane, attended, as did her granddaughter, Molly Beffort.
Each of the art pieces donated to OCU has a religious theme, Lane said, in keeping with the university's United Methodist ideology. The pieces include a 17th century Dutch School painting titled “St. John the Evangelist,” “The Wise Men Follow the Star” by J.V.R. Patch, “Jesus with Pilate,” a French School work titled “Moses Striking the Rock,” and “Jesus with Woman at the Well.”
These paintings represent a small group of The Burbridge Foundation's larger collection.
The collection was acquired over many years by Lane's father, Robert Oscar Burbridge. An inventor and entrepreneur, Burbridge was a successful stock trader, invented the “Tamperpruf” security badge system developed the photo booth and cornered the market in decal manufacturing. In the 1950s, he began collecting art.