Too many who move to Arizona unfortunately don’t pack their philanthropy into the van along with their furniture, supporting the arts and charities in their former cities to the detriment of local ones.
Katherine “Kax” Herberger of Scottsdale and her husband, Robert, didn’t think that way. Since arriving in the Valley in 1949, they made significant charitable contributions from their Midwest department-store fortune here in Arizona.
Kax Herberger’s death Saturday at 91 (her husband died in 1999 at 94) is a great loss for those who experienced her generosity, elegance and zest for living. Yet the Herbergers’ greatest legacy lives on in their philanthropy, including the Herberger Theater Center and Salvation Army Herberger Center in Phoenix, many centers and schools at Arizona State University and McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Kax Herberger invested in Arizona’s potential. We are much the better for that.