Tulsa attorney, philanthropist Scott Zarrow dies
BY TIM STANLEY World Staff Writer
Sunday, December 30, 2012
12/30/12 at 1:24 PM
Scott Zarrow, a Tulsa attorney who as a member of one of the city’s most prominent oil-industry families not only served as legal counsel for many of its enterprises, but carried on its famous commitment to charity as well, died Sunday in Tulsa.
He was 54.
A service has been set for noon Tuesday at Congregation B’nai Emunah with burial to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Fitzgerald Ivy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Zarrow died from an aggressive form of colon cancer, family members said. He returned to Tulsa in late December after seeking treatment in Rochester, Minn., and Palo Alto, Calif.
An attorney and president of Foreman Investment Capital LLC in Tulsa, Zarrow was the son of late Tulsa oil executive and philanthropist Jack Zarrow.
After its founding by his older brother Henry Zarrow, Jack Zarrow helped establish Tulsa-based Sooner Pipe and Supply as one of the world’s best known oil-and-gas supply firms, and also headed up the family’s non-pipeline oil enterprises.
Scott Zarrow would join him, serving for many years as general counsel for Sooner Pipe and Supply, in which role he worked with his father and uncle, helping guide sales, acquisitions and other efforts.
During a three-year sojourn in Scotland, Zarrow served as the managing director of TK Valve, a Sooner-allied company that manufactured key components for use in petroleum refineries.
Scott Foreman Zarrow was born in Tulsa in 1958, the youngest child and only son of Jack and Maxine Zarrow.
He attended Tulsa Public Schools and in 1976 graduated from Edison High School.
After graduating from Stanford University, Zarrow was accepted into the University of Texas law school. There, on the first day of class, he met his future wife, Hilary Wiener.
Named to the Order of the Coif, a legal honors society, Zarrow would go on to graduate with honors, returning to Tulsa soon after to join the family business.
A trustee of the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation and the Zarrow Families Foundation, Scott Zarrow had also served on the boards of the Tulsa Housing Authority, Hillcrest HealthCare System, the Morningside Foundation and the Mental Health Association.
In his service to Tulsa’s Jewish community, Zarrow was a patron almost without peer.
He was president of Congregation B’nai Emunah and the Tulsa Jewish Retirement Center, and a founding board member of the center-affiliated Miller Hospice.
In 2000, he led efforts to restore the synagogue at Peoria Avenue and 17th Street, and more recently chaired a similar project for the retirement center.
Scott Zarrow was preceded in death by his father, Jack Zarrow.
Survivors include his wife, Hilary Zarrow; daughters, Alison Zarrow and Rachel Zarrow; his mother, Maxine Zarrow; and two sisters, Gail Richards and Kathy Zarrow.
Memorial contributions may go to Congregation B’nai Emunah in Tulsa or to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for colon cancer DNA marker research.