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Oklahoma Philanthropists

Hear and learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's most influential philanthropists and how their giving has shaped the growth and success of Oklahoma.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Boone Pickens

Boone Pickens

Oilman & Philanthropist

Hard work and generosity by the billions.

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Charles Page

Charles Page

Philanthropist

"Daddy Page" generously sheltered and cared for society's most vulnerable members -- orphan children.

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Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor

Communications Pioneer

A pioneer in the satellite communication business and philanthropist for many good causes.

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Gene Rainbolt

Gene Rainbolt

Banker & Philanthropist

Because of his investment in Oklahoma, thousands of individuals and businesses have flourished.

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H. Allen Chapman

H. Allen Chapman

Philanthropists

Donne Pitman shares the story of the Chapman legacy.

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Henry R. Kravis

Henry R. Kravis

Investor & Philanthropist

Following the example of his parents, he achieved decades of success as an investor and NYC philanthropist.

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Henry Zarrow

Henry Zarrow

Businessman & Philanthropist

A generous heart and humble spirit make him one of Oklahoma's most beloved.

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Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols

Oilman & Philanthropist

Served as Devon's CEO since 1980 and assumed the company's chairmanship in 2000.

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Lloyd Noble

Lloyd Noble

Oilman & Philanthropist

His daughter, Ann Noble Brown, speaks of his generosity and love for Oklahoma and its people.

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Lynn Schusterman

Lynn Schusterman

Philanthropist

Making a different for her community, her culture, and her people.

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Margery Mayo Bird

Margery Mayo Bird

Philanthropist

Philanthropist and senior stateswoman of the Mayo family.

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Maxine Zarrow

Maxine Zarrow

Philanthropist

A story of family, philanthropy, community, and commitment.

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Peggy Helmerich

Peggy Helmerich

Hollywood Starlet

From Hollywood to Tulsa, the life of an actress turned philanthropist.

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Randy Foutch

Randy Foutch

Entrepreneurial Oilman

His success as an oil and gas executive began with forming privately-held companies.

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Ray Ackerman

Ray Ackerman

Philanthropist

Known as "Old Man River," Ray made as career as an ad man and entrepreneur.

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Ray Feldman

Ray Feldman

Community Leader

A lover of the law and human rights, anthropology, nature, and -- most of all -- his wife Nancy.

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Thomas Gilcrease

Thomas Gilcrease

Oilman and Philanthropist

"Every man must leave a track and it might as well be a good one." - Thomas Gilcrease.

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Walter Helmerich

Walter Helmerich

Oilman & Philanthropist

Listen to the story of the man that inspired the beginning of Voices of Oklahoma.

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William Vandever

William Vandever

Vandevers Department Store

The story of Vandevers Department Store and the family's many years of faithful civic duty.

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