Plaque on the statue. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).
Bobbie Burbridge Lane donated a life-sized marble statue of the biblical “Ruth” by R. Romanelli Fiernze, 1911, to Oklahoma City University. It was from the Burbridge Foundation’s Collection of Art and the plaque read “In honor of Mrs. Lane’s best friend/sister of 50 years, Justice Yvonne Kauger.
“I am giving the art to OCU to honor people for their help, strength, courage, influence, teaching…but mainly unconditional love, which has made it possible for me to do in my life what I feel God has asked me to do. Lane honored Kauger because of her help with projects such as Lane’s work with families and divorce, drugs, pornography and feeding and re-energizing seniors with the Senior Follies and Mobile Meals. “I am as sure as I possibly can be that, the unconditional love and the strength of her standing by my side, has been paramount all these years of accomplishing my projects. She put a steel shaft up my back when I needed it, “ Lane said.
60 friends gathered to hear about the honor. Dr. Mike Anderson gave the history of Ruth.
Dr. Robert Henry was master of ceremonies for the dedication and following the presentation surprised Bobbie by conferring on her an OCU Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, complete with cap and gown.
Bobbie Burbridge Lane signs over the statue to OCU as Dr. Robert Henry watches.
Yvonne Kauger and Dr. Robert Henry.
Statue of Ruth (with the sun coming in the atrium windows).