Jatras, Stephen James | 1995
- Birth and Death Year | 1926-2000
- Induction Year | 1995
- Profession | Entrepreneur
- Oklahoma Connection | Jatras came to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1952.
- Hometown | Tulsa
Stephen Jatras was the recipient of the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver Award in 1988 and the Salvation Army's Others Award in 1996. In 1992 he was honored with United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award for community service in recognition of more than a decade of service and leadership in United Way.
“Steve Jatras brought honor, integrity and success to everything he touched. He was a tremendous example of a business leader who was willing to serve in numerous roles to improve his community and his state.” - Governor Frank Keating, 2000
Stephen James Jatras was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University (1947) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1952). He was a Sloan Fellow in the Stanford Graduate School of Business (1958) and became an electrical engineer instructor and a research engineer before working at Memorex Telex Corporation and its subsidiaries in 1965. He served as Chairman and President of the company from 1988 to 1990 and remained active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including Tulsa Area United Way, St. John Medical Center, and the Tulsa Area Salvation Army. He also served as chairman of the Tulsa River Parks Authority and was the sole contributor of a half mile of contiguous land along the Arkansas River.