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Tulsa World, Jan. 21, 2014

Henry Zarrow was big in business, bigger in life

Henry Zarrow was a gentle, generous man - and a giant in his community.

Zarrow made a fortune in the oil-field supply business and spent his life using that money to help others. He died Saturday at the age of 97.

Zarrow was a brilliant businessman. He turned his family’s second-hand pipe business into one of the largest international oil and gas supply companies in the world, Sooner Pipe and Supply Co.

At one point Forbes said that he was one of the 400 richest people in America, but Zarrow dismissed the report as a math error, adding that if he had that much money he’d be working harder to give more money away.

He did give a remarkable amount away.

His major causes included the homeless, the arts, public education, Jewish education, poverty, libraries and medicine.

The landscape of Tulsa is filled with testaments to his giving spirit. He was on the ground floor of practically every worthy project in our community for decades. In a city known for its philanthropists, his record might never be matched.

For all of his big acts of charity, one of the most endearing stories about Zarrow concerned his many small acts of generosity.

Every morning, Anne, his wife of 63 years, would bring him clippings from the morning newspaper concerning people in need of help and these instructions: “Henry, this can’t go on. This is your job today.”

Anne Zarrow preceded him in death in 2000.

Henry Zarrow was a big businessman, but he was even bigger in life. He was a noble man and a model for us all.


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