The Oxley Foundation for decades has honored its namesake family by giving to the Tulsa community and to support education, conservation, the arts and other enrichment programs.
John T. Oxley, who attended TU Law School, found success at Warren Petroleum before launching Texas Natural Gasoline, which he sold to Allied Chemical in 1961. In 1962, he started a second oil company, Oxley Petroleum, with his son, John C. Oxley.
In what would evolve into an intergenerational avocation, John played polo well into his 80's, and with his wife, Mary, raised polo ponies at Greenhill Farm north of Tulsa. In the 1970s, they established the Mary K. Oxley Nature Center in Mohawk Park. Mary passed away in 1987, followed by John in 1996.
At TU, The Oxley Foundation most recently supported the construction of Collins Hall and J. Newton Rayzor Hall, including funding for cyber security initiatives. It also established the Darcy O'Brien Endowed Chair, and the J. Bradley Oxley Endowed Chair in Business Administration in honor of Mary and John's late grandson, who was an alumnus and Tulsa entrepreneur.