Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Award Honorees
Organizations are underlined.
The Aldridge Foundation
The Aldridge Foundation was created under the terms of Tom Aldridge’s will in June of 1995. Bob Aldridge was named Chairman of Trustees for the Foundation to manage the assets of the Trust, so as best to realize the desires of his mother and dad, who wanted to pay back the communities where they had raised their family and made their fortune.
To best accomplish this, Bob remembered the scripture wherein St. Peter ordained that he would build the Church of Living Stones.
The stated mission of the Tom & Marye Kate Aldridge Charitable and Educational Foundation is to help the community by helping individuals to become the best that they could be.
This has involved scholarship programs at four state universities, support of programs for those with developmental disabilities, libraries, and support of innovative teaching methods.
So, the monument to Tom & Marye Kate is being made of living stones: Nurses, teachers, accountants, information techs, those who work with the less fortunate, and others who dream of making the community better.
Nominated by Fr. Paul Zahler, O.S.B., Ph.D.