T. Boone Pickens died peacefully at his home in Dallas on Wednesday. He was 91.
Pickens will be remembered for many, many things, but in Stillwater, he will be remembered for his extreme generosity and love for his alma mater, the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Much of the Poke’s rise over the past decade can be attributed to Pickens and the over half billion he has donated to the university.
“The greatest Cowboy of them all has taken his last ride. It will never be the same again. We could never thank him enough for all that he did for our university. He gave us everything he had and all that he asked in return was that we play by the rules and dream big. He was living proof that anything is possible if you’re wearing orange. ‘Great ride Cowboy, great ride!’”– Athletic Director Mike Holder said in a statement
The Holdenville, OK, native graduated with a degree in geology, and went on to found what would become Mesa Petroleum. Eventually, Pickens would build an empire and become a household name known for his corporate takeovers and business acumen. Pickens championed shareholder rights, and pushed for America to become less dependent on OPEC oil.
“He was just an old country boy from Holdenville, Oklahoma, but he could think his way around any Noble Prize winner. Boone was a legend, a change agent, a life force that rarely comes along.”– Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis
Plans for the memorial services in Dallas and Stillwater are pending. Pickens will be laid to rest at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater. Oklahoma State will honor T. Boone Pickens with helmet decals for the remainder of the season.