John T. Oxley (polo)
In 1935, he started his career at Warren Petroleum, and by 1948 he was secretary to the corporation. He started his own company, Texas Natural Gasoline Corporation and sold it in 1961 to start an exploration company, Oxley Petroleum, with his older son, John C. Oxley. They specialized in natural gas. He sold it to the Allied Corporation (itself later acquired by Honeywell).
He took up polo at the age of 46. He won two U.S. Open Polo Championships, the USPA Rolex Gold Cup and Silver Cup, the Monty Waterbury Cup, the Sunshine League many times, and twenty-seven medium-goal championships. He won the International Gold Cup at 83, the oldest player to do so.
He is a 2003 honoree of the Hall of Fame of the Tulsa Historical Society. He was inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame on March 17, 1994. The Mary K. Oxley Nature Center, a wildlife preserve in Mohawk Park, Tulsa, is named for his late wife.
He was married to his wife, Mary, from 1935 until her death in 1987. They went horseriding and played polo together. They spent the winter season living in Delray Beach, Florida and the rest of the year their home in Tulsa. One of their sons, Thomas, also played polo, and nearly died from a brain stem injury in 1968, when he lay unconscious for 31 days. They had another son, John C. Oxley, also a polo player, and a daughter, Mary Jane Tritsch.
- Tulsa Historical Society biography
- Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, John T. Oxley's biography
- Steve Liewer, Boca Polo Club's John Oxley Dies, Sun Sentinel, September 21, 1996