The tragic death of Lewis Katz, a co-owner of The Inquirer's parent company, has robbed the Philadelphia region and the country of a generous soul.
Katz, 72, who died in a fiery plane crash Saturday night, never forgot his humble roots in Camden even as he amassed a fortune that he never minded sharing with a worthy cause. The longtime board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America had a particular interest in encouraging young people.
In a recent commencement speech at Temple University, where he earned a biology degree in 1963 and served as a trustee, Katz recounted growing up without a father and putting himself through college while his mother made ends meet on a secretary's salary. Katz announced plans to give $25 million to Temple's School of Medicine and was awarded an honorary doctorate.