If Only T. Boone Pickens Had Died

Because the billionaire raider had a plan that would have enriched Oklahoma State University once he and other alumni passed on. Except none of them did
Photograph by Phil Shockley/Oklahoma State University

One morning in September 2007, billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens and 27 men and women gathered in the lobby of Oklahoma State University’s Gallagher-Iba Arena to celebrate that they were all, one day, going to die. Three things united the orange-and-black-clad Cowboy fans: They all were more than 65 years old; they all loved their alma mater; and they all had passed a rigorous physical. “We’re partners in a deal,” Pickens, a graduate of the class of ’51, said once the chatter had died down. “It’s a good deal.”

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