Lives well lived
Each year, TulsaPeople remembers some of its most distinctive citizens, special people who gave of themselves to make Tulsa a better place. Here are a few of these remarkable individuals as described by their colleagues, friends and family.
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C.C. “Charlie” Ingram
Chairman emeritus of the ONEOK Board of Directors; Dec. 10, 1916-Nov. 27, 2012
Charlie Ingram was a grocer’s son who loved sports, and during the Great Depression a football scholarship to the University of Oklahoma made possible his degree in petroleum engineering. He began his career as a laborer for Oklahoma Natural Gas, a sheepskin in one hand and a shovel in the other, he would recall. After serving in World War II, he returned to ONG, where to his surprise a job was waiting in the engineering department. Eventually he became the company’s chairman and CEO. He even coined the new company name, ONEOK.
“Charlie led by example, and his legacy remains. Under his watch, the company experienced many firsts, from the creation of the name ONEOK to the appointments of the first female and African-American officers of the company to the election of ONEOK’s first female board member. Charlie was committed to diversity and inclusion, and that commitment continues at ONEOK today.”
— John W. Gibson, ONEOK chairman and CEO
Co-founder of Tulsa Ballet; Jan. 14, 1925-April 25, 2012
Moscelyne Larkin danced with one of the world’s most famous companies, the Ballet Russes, became known as one of Oklahoma’s five American Indian ballerinas and endeared herself to Tulsans by co-founding and running what has become the internationally acclaimed Tulsa Ballet. She and her husband, Roman Jasinski, were recognized for bringing classical and contemporary ballet to middle America. Their superior foundation and vision put Tulsa on the map of respected arts centers.
“When I came to Tulsa, I had clear ideas of what I wanted to achieve with the company. Yet, I was oblivious to the process and the tools needed to transform my ideas and vision into actions and reality. Ms. Larkin was my guide each step of the way. Her principles and artistic beliefs will continue to guide this organization in the journey to make Tulsa Ballet the company that both Ms. Larkin and Mr. Jasinski envisioned 56 years ago.”
— Marcello Angelini, artistic director, Tulsa Ballet
Civic leader and foundation trustee; Jan. 15, 1944-Sept. 12, 2012
A longtime Tulsa attorney, Don Marlar gave his time to numerous charitable organizations. A trustee with the Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation, he served on the Child Abuse Network, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Historical Society boards of directors. He was past president of the Gilcrease Museum Association and the Tulsa Ballet. He took a particular interest in the latter, helping the organization acquire both a location for new headquarters and funding to refurbish it.
“Tulsa lost a first-rate legal mind, and Tulsa civic and charitable organizations lost a great friend. Many organizations, but in particular Gilcrease, Tulsa Ballet and the Tulsa Historical Society, benefited from his leadership, counsel and passion.”
— Sharon S. Terry, former executive director, Tulsa Historical Society