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Statement from Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State University, on the passing of OSU alumnus T. Boone Pickens

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

T. Boone Pickens, left, is greeted by Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis.

Statement from OSU President Burns Hargis

“All of us in the Oklahoma State University family are deeply saddened by the passing of Boone Pickens. At the same time, we join in celebrating his incredible life. He was the ultimate Cowboy. It is impossible to calculate his full impact on Oklahoma State. His historic gifts to academics and athletics not only transformed the university, they inspired thousands of others to join in the transformation. OSU will not be the same without the legendary Boone Pickens, but his mark on our university will last forever.”

— Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University President


Statement from the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents

"On behalf of the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents, we remember today the remarkable life of our alumnus Boone Pickens. His eternal optimism, kindness, and competitiveness inspired us always to reach higher. He never forgot his roots and his love for Oklahoma State University was incalculable. We will be forever thankful to Boone Pickens for his big ideas, bold vision, and unshakable spirit. There is no question that Boone Pickens put the “Bright” in America’s Brightest Orange."

— Tucker Link, Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents Chairman


Celebration of Life ceremony planned

Oklahoma State University will hold a public Celebration of Life ceremony for T. Boone Pickens at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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