San Antonio Philanthropist Charline McCombs Dies at 91

by

comment
TWITTER / MAJESTICEMPIRE
  • Twitter / MajesticEmpire
Philanthropist and San Antonio icon Charline McCombs has died at 91.

Through the McCombs Foundation, McCombs contributed heavily to civic causes in San Antonio and across Texas. The nonprofit's donations totaled more than $125 million since 1981, according to the Rivard Report.

McCombs was also the lifetime director of performing arts nonprofit Las Casas Foundation. In 1998, she was made namesake of the Empire Theatre in honor of a $1 million gift that she and her husband Red McCombs gave to Las Casas to fund the completion of the theater's restoration.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg released a statement offering his condolences to the McCombs family on Twitter.



"Charline McCombs' legacy will be defined by her immeasurable generosity and kindness. Any San Antonio resident will attest to the fact that she helped shape our city's culture of compassion and philanthropy," he said. "We had a great friendship, and my family shared her love of the performing arts — in particular the Las Casas Foundation."

The Charline and Red McCombs were also instrumental in the development of the San Antonio Spurs franchise in the 1970s. Prior to Thursday night's Spurs game, Gregg Popovich — who was hired by Red McCombs to coach the team in 1988 and became close to the family over the years — gave a statement about Charline's legacy.

“It is a tremendous loss for our community and our state,” he said. “This is a spectacular woman, iconic in her own right, a matriarch of a wonderful family who has been a loving and caring person for many decades. Red is iconic in his own right for everything he has done and accomplished, but he will be the first one to tell you that she called the shots, she was the boss, and she did it with love and with care no matter who was involved.”

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.