The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Mrs. Helen L. "Pat" Bartlett
Humanitarian and Philanthropist

Helen L. "Pat" Bartlett

A native of Tulsa, Helen Myers studied art at Oklahoma State University for three years and completed her bachelor's degree at University of Tulsa, following the outbreak of World War II, before marrying her husband, the late F. M. "Pete" Bartlett.

Mrs. Bartlett's concern for men and women in need has resulted in generous financial gifts benefiting shut-ins, the elderly, handicapped, teens, and young children. In addition, a volunteer program that she developed and still coordinates in Tulsa provides social activities for residents of Skyline Terrace Nursing Center and generates thousands of hours of volunteer work each year--hours spent teaching, reading, drawing, visiting, cooking, shopping, and caring for those who need a helping hand.

For her tireless work to improve the lives of others, she was honored in 1976 as the National volunteer of the Year by the American Health Care Association. In 1977, she received the Better Life Award from the Oklahoma State Nursing Home Association; and, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Tulsa Metropolitan Nursing Home Association in 1985.

At OSU, Pat Bartlett's love for art was instrumental in the metamorphosis of Gardiner Hall into the stunning Bartlett Center for the Studio Arts. She also has made possible a number of other renovation projects, as well, such as the Bartlett Independent Living Center for the Handicapped. Among Mrs. Bartlett's other gifts to OSU are significant donations to the University Scholarship Program, the President's Distinguished Scholarship Programs, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Plaza, the Henry G. Bennett society, the President's Club, and the Noble Research Center.

Through her support for art, scholastic, and humanitarian endeavors, Pat Bartlett has brought prestige and honor to herself, to her family, and to Oklahoma State University.

Year of Award: 1989