NSU Foundation Receives $900,000 - Largest Estate Gift
TAHLEQUAH, OK - Freda (James) Burtner
had several very important loves in her life ... her husband, her job,
her terriers, her friends, and her alma mater. Burtner passed away in
March 2002 and left her life as she had lived it, making a positive impact
on the people around her.
With Burtners passing comes the receipt of the most
significant gift ever received by the Northeastern State University Foundation.
Burtners estate gift, which involves her home in Oklahoma City,
her portfolio and, a number of personal items, brings her contribution
total between $800,000 and $900,000. According to John deSteiguer, executive
director for the NSU Foundation, the funds will be used to fund perpetual
scholarship endowments for the future.
Fredas is the largest estate gift the Northeastern
State University Foundation has received to date, said NSU President
Dr. Larry Williams. She has funded a scholarship endowment that
will have an enormous impact on future generations of Northeastern students.
Burtner joins fellow alumni and supporters William Frank
Tolbert, Kathlyeen Burnett, Donald Ernest Maritt, and Belva C. Smith who
have made major estate gifts to Northeastern.
Freda was a wonderful person, said deSteiguer.
She did things in her life that she knew would make a positive impact
in other peoples lives. Her estate plan, which is funding a major
permanent endowment to support students, reflects her lifelong approach.
A 1939 graduate of Northeastern State University, then known
as Northeastern State Teachers College, Burtner held a bachelor of science
degree and a lifetime Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in commerce and mathematics.
She was an active member of several organizations including the Greek
sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and the mathematical society, Kappa Mu Epsilon.
Burtner was a 40-year employee of the architecture and engineering firm,
Hudgens, Thompson, Ball & Associates (later HTB) of Oklahoma. She
and her late husband, Lewis Burtner, made their home in Oklahoma City.