(born January 24, 1927) is afrom theU.S. stateofOklahoma. LaFortune was mayor ofTulsa, Oklahomafrom 1970 to 1978.

LaFortune was born and raised in Tulsa. His parents, Joseph Aloysius LaFortune and Gertrude Leona Tremel LaFortune, who had moved there in 1920 from South Bend, Indiana.2Joseph, a graduate of theUniversity of Notre Dame, worked for thirty years at Warren Petroleum Company, becoming executive vice president and a noted local philanthropist. Robert LaFortune graduated fromCascia Hall Preparatory Schoolin 1944. He served in theUnited States Merchant MarineCadet Corps for two years. After receiving his discharge, he attended theUniversity of Tulsaand then transferred toPurdue University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1951. He then joined Reilly Tar and Chemical Company, where he worked for five years. He then became a part owner of Reed Drilling Company.2

Robert left private business to serve three terms as Tulsas commissioner of streets and public property from 1964 to 1970. LaFortune was elected Mayor of Tulsa in 1970, an office he held until 1978.3As commissioner, he was active in developing theTulsa Port of Catoosa. Specifically, he secured acquisition of the 2,300 acres (9.3km2) site and obtained approval of development funding for the port. As mayor, he got passage of bond issues for the citys freeway system,2as well as theWilliams CenterandTulsa Performing Arts Centerin downtown Tulsa.3He also helped initiate the start of the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG).4

He is or has been a director of Apco Argentina Inc.,BOK Financial Corporation5and theWilliams Companies.3LaFortune is a member of theNational Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, the organizations governing body.6

He was a 1982 recipient of theSilver Buffalo Awardfrom theBoy Scouts of America, and in 1995 theUniversity of Tulsagranted him an honorary doctor of laws degree.3He is the uncle ofBill LaFortune,7who served as Mayor of Tulsa (20022006).

In 2017, a portrait of LaFortune was unveiled at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (PAC). The portrait was made by Nathan Opp, an associate professor of art at Oral Roberts University. LaFortune was mayor when the PAC was first planned, and participated in forming the public-private partnership that funded construction of the PAC.8

Jeanne Morse LaFortune, Roberts wife, died November 15, 2003. Born August 25, 1929, she was a native of Missouri. She and Robert married in 1951. They had six children, three sons and three daughters, and 16 grandchildren, all of whom survived her.9

LaFortunes grandson,G. T. Bynum, is mayor of Tulsa.10

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Top Executive Profile: Robert J. LaFortune, ; accessed March 1, 2014.

Watts, James D. Jr. PAC unveils portrait of Robert LaFortune.

Matriarch of LaFortune political family dies at 74. NewsOK. November 17, 2003.Accessed October 28, 2017.

Wade, Jarrel. Who is G.T. Bynum? A man with deep family roots in Tulsa politics.

Voices of Oklahoma interview with Robert J. LaFortune.First person interview conducted on March 5, 2013, with Robert J. LaFortune.

National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America members

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