Sad news about the passing of Jack Benaroya, who died today at age 90, according to a family spokesperson. A leading Seattle developer, philanthropist, and arts patron, Benaroya gave generously and often, leaving his mark on the Seattle Symphony—who have been playing in Benaroya Hall since 1998—and the Virginia Mason Medical Center, which opened the Benaroya Research Institute in 1999.
According to the Times, the Benaroya family will hold a memorial service on Monday, May 14, at 2pm in Benaroya Hall. Former Seattle Symphony director Gerard Schwarz, who worked closely with Jack on the making of the new concert hall, will lead members of the orchestra "in a program of specially selected music." The memorial is open to the public. RIP Jack.