- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Henry Zarrow, an accomplished Tulsa businessman who was likely known more for his numerous charitable contributions, has died. He was 97.

Bill Major, executive director of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, said Zarrow died Saturday, but declined to release the cause of Zarrow’s death.

Zarrow made a fortune at the helm of his Tulsa-based oil and gas supply firm, Sooner Pipe & Supply Co., which he founded at age 22 and ran with his father and brother.

He eventually established the business as one of the largest international oil and gas supply companies.

State leaders called Zarrow one of the greatest philanthropists in Oklahoma history. He served in leadership positions in more than 50 philanthropic organizations.

Through the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, he and his wife donated money to a variety of causes around the state, with special focus given to projects affecting children and alleviating poverty.

He also co-founded and served as a trustee for the Zarrow Families Foundation, along with his brother, Jack Zarrow.

“We have lost a giant,” said David L. Boren, president of The University of Oklahoma. “Henry Zarrow’s generosity had no limits. Through his care for others, he taught us all how to live. He especially championed causes that helped give all children an equal opportunity to succeed.¬†Oklahoma will never have a better citizen.”

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said Zarrow “left us the example that hard work pays off and that living to help people pays off -¬ónot in a financial way but in a spiritual way.”

“He was a very sweet man, a very humble man. He would avoid recognition for his philanthropic work. Few people will ever know the full extent of that,” Bartlett said.

Services are planned for Tuesday.



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