John H. Williams passes away


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John H. Williams
John H. Williams
Updated: 5/01/2013 2:49 pm Published: 5/01/2013 2:28 pm


Tulsa businessman John H. Williams has died.

Williams co-founded the Williams Companies and served as CEO for 29 years, during his tenure the market value of the Williams Companies increased from $25,000 in 1949 to $406.5 million in 1978. 

The Tulsa Performing Arts Center posted about his death on their social media pages, calling him a visionary.

In 1973, Williams worked with Leta Chapman to get the Tulsa PAC built; together they offered to pay half of the costs if the community provided the other half of the funds. Tulsa voters approved a bond issue for the needed money and the PAC was built and opened in 1977.

Until his death Williams served as an honorary directory of Williams, and was the finance committee chairman for the Tulsa PAC Trust.



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