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Gifts Established:

  • Joseph A. Kestner Endowed Student Award in Film Studies | Est. 2018
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Anna Norberg

Dr. Joseph A. Kestner taught at The University of Tulsa for 37 years, during which he held The Ida Barnard McFarlin Chair in English/Film Studies and was the founding chair of the Department of Film Studies. A perennial favorite of students, Kestner was known for a booming voice and dynamic speaking style. His dedication to teaching led to a number of awards, including TU’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 1984, and the Oklahoma Professor of the Year, given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He also was a popular lecturer at events and venues in Tulsa, nationally and internationally.

Professor Kestner was passionate about 19th-century British literature, from Jane Austen to Emily Bronte to Sherlock Holmes, and he also was fascinated by films and film genres. Kestner was instrumental in developing the film studies major in 1999 and the film studies department in 2005. He promoted the interdisciplinary exploration of art, music, literature, and film to his students.

Dr. Kestner met his wife, Anna H. Norberg, at The University of Tulsa, where she was an Associate Professor of Music who specialized in piano, and she also was a well-known performer with “Trio Tulsa.” Kestner and Norberg shared a love of opera and were past co-directors of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, which were held in Tulsa annually. Kestner also was a regular contributor to Opera News, the journal of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and he served on the Tulsa Opera Board for many years.

While accomplishing so much, Joseph Kestner passed away in August of 2015 at the age of 71, leaving a vivid and distinguished legacy in the Departments of English and Film Studies at The University of Tulsa.

Anna Norberg, along with friends, colleagues, and students of Dr. Kestner, wished to pay tribute to his life and legacy, and they made memorial gifts to support a student award in his honor. The Joseph A. Kestner Endowed Student Award in Film Studies is given annually to an outstanding student in the Department of Film Studies.

Anna Norberg has also committed an estate gift to fund a faculty chair in her husband’s name. The Joseph A. Kestner Endowed Chair in Film Studies will extend Joseph Kestner’s distinguished scholarship and enthusiasm for teaching to future generations of film studies professors.

The University of Tulsa is grateful for these endowments that recognize a dedicated and talented TU professor in a way that will assist deserving students and faculty members for generations to come.