Wichita Benefactor Jean Garvey Dies

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Wichita’s Orpheum Theater will be the setting for a memorial service for Jean Kindel Garvey, a well-known philanthropist whose causes included education, social services and the arts.

The Wichita Eagle reports the 90-year-old widow of businessman Willard Garvey died Sunday at her Wichita home.

In 1963, the Garveys co-founded the Wichita Collegiate School, a private school for children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In 1980, Jean Garvey founded The Independent School, another private institution designed to provide quality education for children from all backgrounds.

Jean Garvey also contributed time and resources to numerous nonprofit groups. And in May 2012, she donated $1 million toward the renovation of the Orpheum Theater, where her memorial service will take place Saturday.