Helping People to be The Best They Can Be
The Aldridge Foundation
Nominated by Fr. Paul Zahler, O.S.B., Ph.D.
The Aldridge Foundation was created under the terms of Tom Aldridge’s will in June of 1995. Bob Aldridge was named Chairman of Trustees for the Foundation to manage the assets of the Trust, so as best to realize the desires of his mother and dad, who wanted to pay back the communities where they had raised their family and made their fortune.
|On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human
Rights Alliance will honor human rights heroes from
around our great state. A recognition program will take
place at the State Capitol.For more information, see:
“Celebrate Human Rights.”
To best accomplish this, Bob remembered the scripture wherein St. Peter ordained that he would build the Church of Living Stones.
The stated mission of the Tom & Marye Kate Aldridge Charitable and Educational Foundation is to help the community by helping individuals to become the best that they could be.
This has involved scholarship programs at four state universities, support of programs for those with developmental disabilities, libraries, and support of innovative teaching methods.
So, the monument to Tom & Marye Kate is being made of living stones: Nurses, teachers, accountants, information techs, those who work with the less fortunate, and others who dream of making the community better.
Article 26 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.