The Light of Philanthropy Award is given annually to individuals who reflect the spirit and philanthropic leadership of the late Ralph J. Comstock, Jr., demonstrating remarkable qualities in leadership, philanthropy, and humanitarianism benefiting St. Luke's and other worthy community charities.
Each year, the award recipients are honored at the St. Luke’s Ball.
Doug Oppenheimer was selected because he embodies the characteristics of Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. Oppenheimer has dedicated his life and work to making Boise the best city it can be and sharing his spirit and generosity far and wide.
In addition to his work as the president and co-owner of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., Oppenheimer has been a member of the St. Luke’s Health Foundation Board since 2007 and served as chairman from 2013 to 2015. He played a large role in the successful cultivation of one of the largest philanthropic commitments in St. Luke’s history ($5 million from Idaho Elks Rehabilitation).
Oppenheimer is a Boise native and he comes from a family of community leaders for whom giving back is a way of life. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Oppenheimer also pursued additional educational opportunities at Chapman College and Stanford University. He received an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from the University of Idaho in 2012.
Ralph J. Comstock, Jr. was a philanthropist, leader, and humanitarian. Born in 1917 in Rexburg, he grew up in Idaho Falls, Nampa, and Pocatello. Ralph graduated from the University of Idaho Southern Branch (now Idaho State University) and then from the University of Utah, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
While living in Utah, Ralph met Bernice (Bee) Broomfield, who became his wife of more than 50 years. Together, Ralph and Bee raised three children, Ralph, Robert, and Christine.
Following a tour of service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II, Ralph entered the banking industry where he rose to the highest executive office with First Security Bank of Idaho before retiring in 1984.
Ralph was the catalyst for a number of Idaho’s finest civic accomplishments. His most notable philanthropic endeavors were achieved in his service to Boise’s Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.
A sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and skiing, Ralph’s heart was as big as the great outdoors. He was a bold man with big ideas, great passion, and tremendous enthusiasm. He died in 1995 after an exemplary career of professional and community service. St. Luke’s is proud to present the annual Light of Philanthropy Award in his honor.
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