Sanford P. and Irene F. Burnstein Family Foundation - Chapman Legacy Society
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Gifts Established:

  • Sanford P. Burnstein Student Success Scholarship Endowment Fund | Est. 2020
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Sanford P. and Irene F. Burnstein Family Foundation

Sanford P. “Stan” Burnstein learned to fly airplanes as a young man, and that experience shaped the rest of his professional life. His passion for aviation led to jobs as a flight instructor, a commercial airline pilot and then founder of numerous aviation enterprises, including United Air Leasing, Air Transport International, GATX/Airlog, Omni Air Transport, Omni Air International and 10 Tanker.

Stan met his beloved wife, Irene F. Gribin of Tulsa, Oklahoma, while he was attending Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri, and the couple married in 1960 at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa. They spent the next 58 years together, lovingly raising their family while Stan built his career.

Philanthropy became an important element of their life together, and they formed the Sanford P. and Irene F. Burnstein Family Foundation in 1989. Through their foundation, the couple supported numerous charitable causes and organizations, including founding A New Leaf, an organization that provides life skill training through horticulture therapy for individuals with developmental disabilities, and the organization continues to flourish thanks to their generosity.

Stan and Irene also supported many programs at The University of Tulsa, including the construction and naming of the Burnstein Family Lobby and Student Lounge in Hardesty Hall, the construction and naming of the Irene and Stan Burnstein Vestibule in The Roxana Rózsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center, The 1930 Society of the Golden Hurricane Club, and the Gilcrease Council in support of Gilcrease Museum, among other initiatives.

Stan also generously shared his time and talent by serving on The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2018, helping to lead TU toward new and ambitious goals. With gratitude for their abiding friendship and extraordinary generosity, TU recognized Mr. and Mrs. Burnstein as members of the esteemed Circle Society and the President’s Council.

Stan Burnstein passed away in March of 2018 at the age of 84, and his family continues to cherish their memories of him and the meaningful life he led. In 2020, Irene Burnstein paid tribute to her husband by establishing a scholarship fund in his memory at The University of Tulsa, with this assistance specifically targeted at upperclassmen at risk of dropping out due to financial difficulties. This important scholarship program is known as The Sanford P. Burnstein Student Success Scholarship Endowment Fund, and this gift places Irene Burnstein in the honored Chapman Legacy Society.

The TU community looks forward to witnessing the many accomplishments of our Sanford P. Burnstein Success Scholars, as they work to achieve important goals under the mantle of a great aviator, family man and philanthropist.