Jack Benaroya, one of Seattle's most renowned philanthropists and real estate developers, died Friday. He was 90.
His family said he died peacefully in his sleep.
Born in Montgomery, Ala., on July 11, 1921, Benaroya grew up in Vallejo, Calif., and moved with his family to Seattle in 1933.
He graduated from Seattle's Garfield High School in 1939, served in the Navy during World War II, then returned to Seattle and eventually became the largest commercial real estate developer in the state of Washington.
Benaroya established the family-owned Benaroya Co. in 1956. In addition to business parks, the company built facilities for Boeing and the Parkway Plaza shopping mall in suburban Tukwila. In 1984, the company turned its focus to venture capital investments and philanthropic endeavors.
Benaroya donated $15 million in 1993 to the Seattle Symphony for construction of a new concert hall in downtown Seattle – now Benaroya Hall.
Benaroya and his wife, Rebecca, also gave $3.5 million in 1997 to Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center for an autoimmune disease research center that now bears his name.
He was also an early investor in Starbucks.
In addition to his wife, Benaroya is survived by a sister, Rose Newhouse of Seattle, three children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family has asked that any remembrances be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Seattle Guild, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, or theMichael J. FoxFoundation.A public memorial service will be held at Benaroya Hall at 2 p.m. Monday.