The Spunky Norwegian Foundation
Mission… The mission of The Spunky Norwegian Foundation is to carry on the life work of Dr Inez Stewart Bull. Dr. Bull was a woman of many interests and talents. Chief among her passions were music, music education and Norwegian-American relations, revolving primarily around her distant cousin, the world-famous violinist Ole Bull. The Foundation was established to carry on her legacy in these three areas.
Historic Background… Inez Stewart Bull was born in Newark, NJ on April 13, 1920. She was the daughter of the late Johan Randulf Bill and Lady Aurora Stewart Bull. Her father was purportedly serving as Royal Norwegian Vice Consul from Norway to the United States. Aurora, an accomplished musician, played and sang in concert, and served as a featured performer on WOR Radio. She performed as “The Mother Goose Girl” on WGCP Radio in the New York area for over 10 years. When Mr. Bull left his family to return to Norway, Aurora supported herself and Inez by performing, organizing parties and story-telling events and providing piano lessons for children and adults. She saw to it that Inez received excellent training in both voice and piano, and launched Inez’s musical career in New York.
Creating the Foundation… After Inez’s death in 2010, her cousin Roger Lindholm, family friend Nancy Arny Pi-Sunyer, and Pennsylvania friends Lynn Nicklas and Barbara Andrews agreed that they wanted to carry on Inez’s work. In cooperation with Philip Field, Inez’s long-time piano duet partner and his wife and fellow music Dee Jackson Field, the group conducted a protracted legal battle to gain access to the materials and financial resources of Inez’s estate, and were finally granted permission by the Surrogate Court of New Jersey and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Pennsylvania to serve as the agents to fulfill the wishes detailed in Inez’s will.
Formation of the Foundation… In 2011, the group became a non-profit organization and gained recognition by the IRS as a 501(C)(3), tax-exempt organization. They received one half of the residual estate of Dr. Bull. They formed a board and began to carry on her work.
As a 501(c)3 charitable foundation all donations are tax deductible and can be made on this website. Donations to the foundation will go to promote the music festival, museum and the scholarship programs.