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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma will dedicate the Anne and Henry Zarrow Hall for the School of Social Work — home to the only social work graduate program in the state of Oklahoma — in a public ceremony scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at 700 Elm Ave.
The building is named in honor of Henry Zarrow, a lifelong philanthropist, and his late wife, Anne, who shared his passion for helping others. The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation made a $5 million gift to the OU School of Social Work to make the new building possible. The Zarrows’ children, Judy Kishner and Stuart Zarrow, and grandchildren, Julie Cohen, Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth and Dr. Edward Zarrow, all of whom are trustees of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, felt the gift was the perfect way to celebrate Mr. Zarrow’s 93rd birthday.
“No one has done more to help those in need than Anne and Henry Zarrow,” said OU President David L. Boren. “To have their names associated with this new building to house the Zarrow School of Social Work appropriately honors their support of social workers and the crucial role they play in our society.”
Anne and Henry Zarrow Hall reflects the traditional Cherokee Gothic architecture of OU’s most historic buildings, while providing all the amenities of a modern, high-tech academic facility, including distance-learning and video-conferencing capabilities to link the Norman campus social work program with the OU-Tulsa program. The
30,000-square-foot building includes general instruction space and seminar rooms; faculty and administrative offices; two clinical suites, each providing visual access to an observation room to facilitate skill-based instruction; a computer laboratory; and a 200-seat-capacity community room. In addition, Zarrow Hall houses three project suites, which are home to the Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program and the Knee Center for Strong Families.
Henry Zarrow has led a remarkable life that has always included a deep commitment to giving to those in need and ensuring access to social and medical services. Zarrow was the first son of Sam and Rose Zarrow, who immigrated to the United States from Russia. He went to work in the family grocery business at age 6 and opened his own grocery store at age 13, working before and after school. At 22, he started Sooner Pipe and Iron, which later became Sooner Pipe and Supply, the largest independent pipe and supply business of its kind in the world. He began making charitable donations even before he had fully paid for his first truck for the business. He sold the business in 1998.
The Zarrow family and foundation have been exceptionally generous donors to programs and projects on OU’s campuses in Norman, at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at OU-Tulsa. Their philanthropy has benefited a range of important areas from scholarships to faculty endowments, from the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to campus beautification and the OU Wayman Tisdale Health Center in Tulsa.
Additionally, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation has made gifts to many other programs throughout the state, with a special interest in children’s issues, the homeless and the poor. Together, Anne and Henry Zarrow dreamed of a Tulsa Center for the Homeless and worked and gave the funds to make it a reality. They have played leading roles in helping the public schools, in developing a senior citizens center in Tulsa, in building libraries in the Tulsa area, and in establishing a center to help those with mental health needs. During his life, Henry Zarrow has chaired or led the boards of more than 50 charitable organizations in Oklahoma.
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