BOISE, Idaho – St. Luke’s Health Foundation has named Arthur F. “Skip” Oppenheimer the 2010 recipient of the Ralph J. Comstock Jr. Light of Philanthropy Award.
Now in its 15th year, the annual award is given to individuals who have improved the community through their leadership, philanthropy and humanitarian efforts.
“Skip has been a valuable friend of St. Luke’s for more than a decade serving in many capacities as a board member including the first chair of St. Luke’s Health System Board of Directors,” said Gary Fletcher, St. Luke’s Boise/Meridian CEO. “Skip is one of Idaho’s true leaders, his business accomplishments are unmatched, yet he always finds time to give back to his community and is personally dedicated to serving the needs of families and children in our community.”
Oppenheimer is chairman and CEO of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., a national food processing and distribution organization. He is also president and CEO of Oppenheimer Development Corporation, a commercial real estate development company.
Oppenheimer donates a great deal of his time and efforts to help in the community with a major emphasis on economic development and children’s health and education issues. He’s a tireless promoter of education who has founded and chairs the Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence, a group of 75 Idaho CEOs seeking to enhance education quality in Idaho. Oppenheimer has served on a variety of governor’s advisory councils tackling issues such as teen pregnancy, behavioral health, and other important issues facing Idaho families and children.
His long involvement with education and children’s issues was a great benefit to St. Luke’s in 2002 to 2003 when he co-chaired the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign, which helped raise more than $8 million to fund the construction of a new Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Medical/Surgical units and Pediatric Oncology units.
An Idaho native, Oppenheimer graduated from the University of Idaho in 1968 with a BA in history and then from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration with an MBA in 1972. He returned to Boise and started his first company, Oppenheimer Development Corporation, in 1972.
Oppenheimer has been married to Esther Brollier Oppenheimer for 36 years. They have two sons, Josh and Matt.
About the Award
The Comstock Light of Philanthropy Award, presented by St. Luke’s Health Foundation, provides unique recognition for the considerable achievements of those who reflect the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic leadership of Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. Comstock, who died in 1995, is credited with major philanthropic efforts that benefited Boise’s Morrison Center for Performing Arts and helped improve the medical and cancer care at St. Luke’s. Born in 1917 in Rexburg, Comstock earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Idaho. After a tour with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in WWII, Comstock entered the banking industry in Idaho eventually rising to top executive for First Security Bank of Idaho before retiring in 1984.
2009: Marilyn Schuler
2008: Anna Margaret Jones
2007: Jim Everett
2006: Judge Stephen Trott
2005: Carolyn Terteling-Payne
2004: Alice Hennessey
2003: Jim and Karin Nelson
2002: Harold Thomas
2001: A. Dale Dunn
2000: Robert V. Hansberger
1999: John and Dee Fery
1998: Velma V. Morrison
1997: J.R. and Esther Simplot
1996: Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. and Larry Kissler
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.