The Kerr Foundation, Inc.

(Mrs. Robert S. Kerr, Jr.)
President and Chair
The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
12501 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

(405) 749-7991
(405) 749-2877 (fax) 


Allied Arts – Executive Committee 1985-present
   Secretary, 1990
   Vice President, 1988-1989
   Vice President, 1985 Fundraising Campaign

American Cancer Society – Oklahoma County Unit, Board of Directors 1995-1997

ANSER – Center for International Aerospace Cooperation
   Board of Advisors 1995-1998

Attorney General’s Consumer Advisory Committee & Founder

Bacone College, Board of Trustees
   Vice President, 1990-1992

Bizzell Library Society, University of Oklahoma – Founder

Center of the American Indian/Red Earth
   Executive Committee – Vice President 1983-present

Central OK Council of World Affairs
   Board of Directors
   Executive Committee

Daily Living Centers

Foster Friends

Fund for America (National Board) 1989-present

Girl Scouts of America – Red Lands Council, 1993-1997
   3rd Vice President

Global Family Foundation, 1998-Present
   Vice President

The Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women – Advisory Board

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame – Advisory Board, 1997-present

International Women’s Resource Center – OU Health Sciences Center, Founder

International Women’s Forum (National Board)
   International Women’s Forum Executive Committee
   Vice President of Development, 1993-1995
   Vice President of Membership, 1995-1997
   President and Founder, Oklahoma International Women’s Forum, 1990-1996
   Chairman, Oklahoma International Women’s Forum, 1997-present
   Board of Directors, Leadership Foundation, 1990-2001
   Leadership Foundation, Secretary, 1997-1999
   Board of Directors, IWF, 2004-present

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
   Women’s Leadership Board, Executive Committee, 1999-present

The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
   Vice President & Secretary, 1985-1999
   President & Vice Chair, 1999-2004
   President & CEO, 2004-present

Kirkpatrick Center
   Board of Governors
   Executive Committee, 1982-1992

League of Historic Theatres – Board of Directors, 2004-present

Lyric Theatre of OK, Inc.
   Executive Committee 1992-present

Metro Youth Development/Education Foundation "First Tee Program” Director

Morning Star Foundation of the Pawnee Nation, Inc., 2000-present

National Geographic Society Education Foundation-Oklahoma Geography Education Fund – Advisory Committee

National Public Radio Foundation – Trustee, 2000-2004
   President’s Council, 2004-present

National Symphony Orchestra – National Trustee, 1999-present

NEW Leadership-Carol Albert Center - Advisory Council 2005-present

Oklahoma Academy for State Goals
   Entrepreneurial and Small Business Task Force
   Telecommunication Task Force

Oklahoma Art Institute – Executive Committee

Oklahoma Art League
   Treasurer, 1985-86

Oklahoma Breast Institute – Advisory Board of Directors, 1992-1997

Oklahoma Capitol Complex and Centennial Commemoration Commission

Oklahoma City University
   Development Fund
   Dulaney-Browne Library Society Chairperson & Executive Board
   Norick Art Museum Executive Board
   Opera Guild and Founding Member
   Advisory Trustee
   Member, Board of Trustees, 2003-present

Oklahoma Center of Science and Arts, Inc., Board of Governors, 1987-1997

Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, 1990-present
   Vice President-Chair
   President – Executive Committee

Oklahoma Independent Colleges Foundation Board of Directors
   Co-Chairperson, 1994-present

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation – Board of Directors

Oklahoma Museum of Natural History – University of Oklahoma
   Co-Chair Large Gifts

Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation – Founder 
   President’s Committee
   Secretary – Vice President, 1987-1989

Oklahoma School of Science and Math Foundation – Trustee
   Incoming President, 2002

Oklahoma State Department of Education – Education/Business Council Member

Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra
   Vice President for Nominations, 1984-85
   Secretary, 1985-1987
   Vice President for Orchestra Affairs, 1987
   Executive Committee

OU Health Sciences Center – Board of Visitors

Red Earth – Founder
   Vice President, Present

Salvation Army Advisory Board
   Advisory Chairperson for the Senior Centers
   Advisory Chairperson for new regional Senior Centers

Sister Cities, Inc. – Founder
   Executive Board
   Traditions ’89 (Oklahoma Folk Art Celebration)
   Vice President, 1989-Present

Totts Gap Board of Trustees, 2000-present

UMB Bank, Board of Directors, 1998-2005

University of the New West – National Advisory Board 2004

The University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts, Board of Visitors, 1994-2000

The University of Oklahoma Energy Conference Steering Committee
   Chairman 1994

The University of Oklahoma Political Communications Advisory Board

Tulsa Ballet Theatre – Advisory Director

United Methodist Foundation for Christian Higher Education
   Trustee, 1996-2005 Emeritus Trustee, 2006-

United Way – Vice President, 1985

Women Presidents’ Organization, Advisory Council – 2000-present

Women’s Business Center, Board of Directors – 1998-1999


Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Advisory Committee 1994-present

Commission on the Status of Women, 1994-1999, 2000-2004

Governor’s Senior Citizen’s Day at the Capitol
   Chairperson, 1980-1988

Congressional hearings on SSDI (one of seven appointed)

Governor’s Chairperson for the Emergency Heat Task Force, 1983-1988

Governor’s Committee on Aging 1979-1994

Governor’s State White House Conference on Aging

Land Use Preservation Committee

Oklahoma Mental Health Task Force

Oklahoma Environmental Concerns Council
   Vice Chairman for Governor Bellmon
   Advisory Council for Governor Walters

President Clinton’s Oklahoma City Scholarship Fund Advisory Board, 1995-present

President’s White House Conference on Aging, 1981

Rural White House Conference on Aging

Selection committee for Truman Foundation Scholars, 1991-1999

Social Security Disability Task Force (one of 29 appointed)

State Capitol Preservation Commission
   Vice Chairperson, 1982-1990
   Chairperson, 1990-present


Urban Pioneer Award-Plaza District - 2006

Philanthropy World Magazine-Philanthropy Hall of Fame - 2006

Governor Henry’s Proclamation “Lou C. Kerr” Day March 2, 2005

National Academy Public Administration – Honorary Fellow 2005

Native Daughter Award-South OKC Chamber of Commerce - 2005

University of Oklahoma Regents Alumni Award - 2005

Citizen’s Recognition, Oklahoma Library Association - 2005

Byliners Award in Philanthropy-Women in Communication 2004

Orchestra League – Notable Women of 2004

International Women’s Forum – “Leading Lights” Award 2003

Girl Scouts – Red Lands Council Woman of Distinction 2002

Lyric Theatre – John E. Kirkpatrick Award 2001

Oklahoma City University – 2000 Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor Award

Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation – Wall of Fame Award Winner 2001

Oklahoma’s Most Influential Women 2001 – (1 of 18) Oklahoma Family Magazine

Knighted into The Byzantine Order of the Holy Sepulchre

Volunteer Action Committee of Community Council, Certificate of Merit

ABC’s Five Alive, Five Who Care Nominee

Governor’s Status on Women, Nominee

Oklahoma Girls State, Colonel Commission

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Industrial, Governor’s Award

President’s Volunteer of the Year Award, Nominee

Salvation Army, National Others Award

Vis A Tergo Award – 1997 The Women’s Business Center

International Women’s Forums – Women Who Make a Difference, 1994 Recipient

Oklahoma Hospitality Club’s 1989 “Ladies in the News”

Governor’s Arts Award – 1988

Oklahoma City University Kirkpatrick/Petree Opera and Music Theatre Award for Outstanding Community Service – 1988

Oklahoma State Arts Councils

Personal Profile

Mrs. Robert S. Kerr, Jr.
President and Chair
The Kerr Foundation, Inc.

As an active leader in the community of Oklahoma City as well as the state of Oklahoma, Lou C. Kerr has committed her time and expertise to numerous organizations which correspond with her beliefs and expectations. She served as Vice President of The Kerr Foundation from 1985-1999. In 1999 she became President and in 2004 her title became President and Chair. Her position entails evaluating and allocating funds to non-profit organizations, programs and institutions who enrich opportunities for all Oklahomans with an emphasis on the young.

Lou Kerr has given many years of public service and sits on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including Lyric Theatre, the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, University of Oklahoma International Programs Center with Ambassador Edward Perkins and Ambassador Edwin Corr, and the International Business Forum. Lou also serves on the President’s Council for the NPR Foundation and is on the Advisory Council of the Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women. She has previously served on the boards of the Oklahoma Arts Center, The Kirkpatrick Center and the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. In 1983 she helped found Red Earth, Inc., which serves at the national forefront of Native American Festivals. Mrs. Kerr was involved as a founder for the Sister Cities, Inc