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Preserving the legacy of The Chapman Trusts

About the Trusts

Rogers and Bell is involved in the management of thirteen charitable trusts, created by the family of James A. Chapman. All trusts are supporting organizations for named public charities. As a result, we do not accept unsolicited grant requests from organizations that are not one of the named beneficiaries of the Trusts. The beneficiaries of these trusts are leading educational, healthcare, social service and religious organizations in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

The J. A. Chapman and Leta M. Chapman Trust was created in 1949 as an inter vivos trust by James A. Chapman and his wife, Leta M. Chapman. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is the corporate trustee and Sharon J. Bell is the individual trustee. The beneficiaries of this trust are:

  • The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
  • John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
  • St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • The Ida M. McFarlin Memorial Trust was created in 1951 as an inter vivos trust by James A. Chapman and Leta M. Chapman. The trust is named in memory of Mrs. Chapman's mother, Ida M. McFarlin. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is corporate trustee and Sharon J. Bell is individual trustee. The four Tulsa, Oklahoma based beneficiaries of this trust are:

  • Family & Children's Services
  • Planned Parenthood of Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma - Pediatric Services
  • Tulsa Community Foundation - Ida McFarlin Pediatric Healthcare Fund
  • Bedlam Alliance for Community Health
  • J. A. Chapman and Leta M. Chapman Charitable Trust is a testamentary trust created by the Last Will and Testament of James A. Chapman in 1966. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is corporate trustee and Sharon J. Bell is individual trustee. The beneficiaries of this trust are:

  • The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
  • John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • The James A. Chapman Testamentary Charitable Trusts are four trusts created by the Last Will and Testament of James A. Chapman in 1966. Each trust has a single beneficiary. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is the corporate trustee and there is not a named individual trustee. The beneficiaries are:

  • Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services, Austin, Texas
  • Tulsa Psychiatric Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Holland Hall School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • The James A. Chapman Endowment Trust is a single beneficiary inter vivos trust created in 1966 by Pauline C. Walter in memory of her late brother-in-law. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is the corporate trustee and there is no named individual trustee. St. Simeons Episcopal Home of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the beneficiary of this trust.

  • R. M. and Ida McFarlin Memorial Trust is an inter vivos trust created in 1967 by Leta M. Chapman and Pauline C. Walter in memory of their parents. The sole beneficiary of this trust is Southern Methodist University , Dallas, Texas. The trust is to be used to support the maintenance of McFarlin Auditorium. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is corporate trustee and there is no named individual trustee.

  • The Leta McFarlin Chapman Memorial Trust is a testamentary trust created in 1974 under the Last Will and Testament of Leta M. Chapman. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is corporate trustee and Sharon J. Bell is individual trustee. The beneficiaries of this trust are:

  • The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
  • John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ruth Chapman Cowles and Andrew G. Cowles Memorial Trust was created in 1979 under the Last Will and Testament of Dr. Andrew G. Cowles. Dr. Cowles was James A. Chapman's brother-in-law. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is corporate trustee and Sharon J. Bell is individual trustee. The three San Antonio, Texas, based beneficiaries of this trust are:

  • Trinity University
  • St. Mary's Hall
  • Texas Biomedical Research Institute
  • The Pauline McFarlin Walter Memorial Trust was created in 1980 under the Last Will and Testament of Pauline C. Walter. Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. is corporate trustee and Sharon J. Bell is individual trustee. The two Tulsa, Oklahoma based beneficiaries are:

  • The University of Tulsa
  • Holland Hall School
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