Funeral held for Tulsa philanthropist

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 1/21 1:29 pm Published: 1/21 1:23 pm

Funeral services were held Tuesday for one of Tulsa's leading philanthropists and businessmen, Henry Zarrow.

Zarrow died Saturday at the age of 97. He was well known for his generosity and funding of education. The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation gave out thousands of dollars every year in scholarship funds and he also helped raise money for local libraries and Tulsa Public Schools.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett talked about Zarrow's legacy as he made his way into the B'nai Emunah Synagogue.

"He was a perfect example to all of us about what a person of limited means, what he or she can do in this country if simply given a very small opportunity and a lot of self-discipline and a lot of self-initiative," said Bartlett.

Tulsa Public School Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard couldn't make it to the funeral, but released this statement about Zarrow's impact on TPS.

"Not only was Mr. Zarrow known for the public actions that people saw, but he often worked quietly behind the scenes so he wouldn't attract attention to himself. He is certainly one of the greatest givers Tulsa Public Schools has ever had. Mr. Zarrow was a strong supporter of children and would do absolutely anything for them, and he loved TPS. I had lunch with him on numerous occasions and saw him at many public events. He was a generous, kind, loving man. His impact in the Tulsa community and on the students of our district will be felt for many years to come. We will miss him greatly."
TPS named one of the schools after him, the Zarrow International Elementary School.

Zarrow is survived by his daughter, Judy Kishner, and his son, Stuart Zarrow.

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