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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KTUL meteorologist and creator of “Gusty;” Feb. 5, 1928-June 12, 2012
Though he was a pro-fessional meteorologist, Don Woods could take a lighthearted look at the weather. He and his cartoon pal “Gusty” made sure KTUL viewers knew what to expect. It’s one reason his weather broadcasts became memorable. During his reports, Woods drew a quick sketch with Gusty acting out the current weather conditions. People loved it. A gentle man, that was only part of Woods’ charm. He attracted friends and colleagues for his willingness to listen, care and offer guidance.
“It’s hard to put into words what Don Woods meant to me. I love him for who he was as a boss, a peer, a family man and, most importantly, a Christian … Don had such a humorous side, very quick-witted and yet such an approachable, loveable side that just showed on his face and in his voice and in his message … It was inspiring — and is to this day — for me to recount the many lessons I learned from him.”
— Travis Meyer, KOTV meteorologist, KTUL colleague and friend
Philanthropist and business and civic leader; July 11, 1925-Feb. 2, 2012
Quiet, unassuming and kind, Jack Zarrow made the most of the good fortune his family’s business brought him by becoming one of Tulsa’s most beloved philanthropists. Co-founder with his wife of The Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation, his charitable interests ranged from arts, children and higher education to Jewish concerns and mental health. Among others, he served on the TU Board of Directors and chaired the Gilcrease Museum board.
“Jack Zarrow will always be carried in my mind and heart as one of my true heroes in life — kind, gentle and always interested in you, your family and their well-being. There is not a life touched or affected by mental illness by anyone living in Tulsa that has not been helped by Jack Zarrow and his generosity in some way. His love for his family and community will always be something I will strive to emulate as his legacy as a man who truly cared for others lives on.”
— Michael Brose, executive director, Mental Health Association in Tulsa