John Richard, “Jack”, Wilson was a native Tulsan who was proud to call Tulsa his home for all but five of his eighty-four years. He was born August 9, 1928 to John Herbert(Herb) Wilson and Nina McCoy Wilson who brought him up at Immanuel Baptist Church. He died January 3, 2013 in Tulsa.
Jack attended Kendall Elementary, Wilson Junior High, was a 1946 graduate of Will Rogers High School and a loyal alumnus of The University of Tulsa. He was a petroleum geologist who never tired of pursuing the art and adventure of the oil business.
Well into his eighties Jack was working hard to enhance his professional skills. His friends and family remember him as a voracious reader with a passion for conservative politics, history, archeology and mysteries.
In the early 1970s Jack developed a deep interest in Southwestern art and the history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico and Arizona, especially the Hopi. Through serious study and frequent trips to the Hopi lands he grew to have a deep respect for Hopi culture. His generosity made it possible for the Smithsonian Institution to mount a traveling exhibition, The Year of the Hopi, which toured the United States from 1979-1981.
Jack was a fiercely independent dreamer who had the intellect and courage to make many of his dreams come true. He never let failure or disappointment overtake his determination to make one more “big deal”. Whether he was enjoying flush times or struggling to make ends meet Jack was always generous and encouraging to his diverse group of family and friends. He adored children and wanted every young person to have an excellent education. Donations in his memory can be made to the scholarship fund, Securing The Promise Endowment Campaign, at Synergy School, 1387 Valencia, San Francisco, California.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Wilson Koerschen of San Francisco and her children John Wilson Koerschen and Claire Ann Koerschen; his former wife and caring friend, Joan Branick Wilson Alldredge; former wife Karen Loyd and stepdaughters, Susan Loyd Wiles, Sara Loyd Lutz, Carol Loyd Buri and Cathy Loyd Ecker.
His family will honor him privately and encourage his friends to raise a Coney(with everything) in his honor.