Oklahoma oil exec and philanthropist Jack Zarrow dies at 86

Jack Zarrow, a Tulsa, Okla., oil and gas supply company CEO and philanthropist whose foundation supported education, mental health and Jewish charities, died on Feb. 2 at 86.

"Jack Zarrow was one of the kindest, warmest individuals I have ever met, and the legacy of his work and generosity will touch the Tulsa community for many years to come," said Mike Brose, executive director of Tulsa Mental Health Association. Zarrow "wanted everyone in Tulsa to have a safe, warm, decent place to live and for everyone in our community to have access to high-quality educational opportunities, combined with good health and mental health care."

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Zarrow was on the boards of University of Tulsa and Gilcrease Museum. The foundation established professorships at Mayo Clinic, University of Oklahoma and University of Texas, and donates to Jewish causes in the US and Israel, including the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Care Center.

"Jack was a quiet, unassuming guy who for all his success was very receptive and approachable and who always honored his roots," said David Bernstein, past executive director of the Jewish Federation. "The Jewish community takes a lot of pride in the fact that Jack was an active member and represented us so well to the total community."

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