Emma Showman loved children, although she had none of her own. As a former teacher, she believed passionately in education because it had pulled her out of poverty. And, when she married Tulsa oilman and rancher Pete Thompson in the mid-1930s, she educated herself about business, helping to grow the couple's wealth after Thompson's death, and during her later marriage to local dermatologist Dr. Winfred Showman.
A woman of integrity and foresight, Emma ensured that others would have the opportunity for an education by directing part of her estate to The University of Tulsa. Her most recent gift will provide merit-based scholarships to students in TU's Master of Business Administration program, assuring their success in business and in life.