Henry Zarrow, Tulsa businessman and philanthropist, passed away Saturday at the age of 97. Many local charities and organizations, including the Tulsa City-County Library, benefited from Mr. Zarrow's generosity. Mr. Zarrow, though, was quick to deflect praise, often assuring interviewers that Tulsans, in general, were the generous ones:
"Tulsa people are always willing to help. Sometimes they just have to have time to think about it."
"I see how great the Tulsa people are in giving and helping. The $5, the $25...it amounts to quite a bit of money over a period of time."
"The people here are different. I don't know what they are-they are just compassionate to help each other. Tulsa people have a different feeling towards humanity, different from other places. I've been handling the shelter for the homeless for 11 years, and you never hear me say nobody will help me."
Tulsa City-County Library locations with flag poles will fly flags at half-mast through Friday in honor of Mr. Zarrow.
pictured: young man on a microfiche machine at Zarrow Regional Library from the Tulsa City-County Library digital collection