Margery Feagin Bird
With an enduring love for the city where she was raised as the daughter of prominent Tulsa pioneers John and Lillian Mayo and the sister of Burch Mayo, Margery Feagin Bird has always believed that both Tulsa and TU shared a destiny for greatness. In that vein, Margery has lived a life of purpose investing greatly in Tulsa and The University of Tulsa to bring her beliefs to fruition.
Always with grace and a deep sense of responding as generously as possible to TU's needs, Margery has endowed several Presidential Scholarships and two endowed professorships in music and the humanities in memory of her son, the late J. Donald Feagin, who died from cystic fibrosis. She has graciously supported the Collins Scholar Award, building of the Mayo Village apartments, the annual fund for arts and sciences, McFarlin Fellows at the library, Gilcrease, and the Women's Rowing boathouse. She has also been honored by the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences with a Distinguished Service Award in 1999.
In 2009, Margery accepted the Collins College of Business Outstanding Entrepreneur award, which was presented posthumously to her late husband, James M. Bird, Sr. James was an enterprising businessman who, along with Margery, was also a quietly generous philanthropist. Their largess extended to many nonprofit organizations in Tulsa, as well as the university.
Known for her ongoing dedication to the community, Margery continues to inspire others with her conviction that "one of the best ways we can improve the city we love is to respond as generously as we can to TU's exciting progress."