Nan Ida Jankowsky

Nan Ida Jankowsky

Nan Ida Jankowsky, a lifelong Tulsan who attended TU for one year in the 1930s, lived a quiet life of musical enjoyment and community service.

Ms. Jankowsky never married but found her calling as an active community volunteer for the American Red Cross, B'nai Emunah Synagogue, Hadassah, and Tulsa Section, National Council of Jewish Women.

She also had a deep love of music and played piano into her later years. Linking her personal passion and her philanthropy, she bequeathed her Steinway grand piano and a large portion of her estate to the TU School of Music. Her will stipulated that the bequest be used for "the construction [of] or addition to the Fine Arts or Music Department buildings."

Today, her gift has become the Nan Jankowsky Performance Stage that features a ballet floor, scenery fly and trap room, hydraulic orchestra pit, and theatrical lighting and sound booths — all of which will bring TU's production values to an unprecedented level of sophistication.