TULSA, Okla. — The community around Oklahoma State University is mourning the loss of alum and oil entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday.
Pickens died Wednesday at age 91.
OSU is holding a memorial service for him on September 25 at 3 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Pickens had an impact on several people in the oil industry as well as those from his alma mater.
Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University President, released the following statement following the announcement:
The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association also shared condolences for Boone's passing:
The Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents and Chairman Tucker Link released a statement of their own.
Pickens, a massive supporter of OSU, posted his annual letter to the school and football team's fanbase on August 29 in what would be his final LinkedIn post before his death.
"I'm realistic about being close to the finish line. And I'm working diligently to complete projects as quickly as I can and tie up any loose ends," Pickens wrote.
"But I'm in it to win it. My first goal for 2019 is to win a Big 12 football championship…again. Then to make the final four playoffs. Fingers crossed Mike Gundy can make that happen this year. The window is closing for me."
OSU football coach Mike Gundy tweeted his reaction to the loss of the man whose name is on the stadium his team plays their home games in:
Gundy also released a statement on the passing.
According to Stadium College Football Insider Brett McMurphy, OSU football will honor Pickens with a helmet decal for the remainder of their season.
OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder released his statement on Pickens's passing:
Pickens donated more than half of the $1 billion he gave to charity to the school, splitting it almost evenly between athletics and academics.
The passing hit both sides of the football field as University of Oklahoma Athletic Director offered his condolences on Twitter:
State officials also offered up their respects to Pickens's passing.
Governor Kevin Stitt issued a statement Wednesday night after the announcement:
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter released the following statement on Wednesday:
U.S. Senator James Lankford released this statement:
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