Bernard Rapoport

Bernard Rapoport

Renowned Philanthropist Bernard Rapoport Dies at Age 94

May 01, 2012

Renowned philanthropist and LBJ Foundation Board Member Bernard Rapoport has died at the age of 94. Rapoport was a long-time member of the LBJ Foundation Board and supporter of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and The University of Texas at Austin.

Through many gifts over the course of 30 years, Rapoport and his wife Audre established faculty chairs, fellowship funds and scholarship programs supporting faculty and student research in workforce issues, health and social policy and economics.

"B. Rapoport had enormous heart and a big impact on our state and our country," said Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Library.  "His generosity touched the LBJ Library as it did so many other worthy organizations and individuals.  We have lost a very good friend."

The son of Jewish Russian immigrants, Bernard Rapoport was born in 1917 in San Antonio, Texas.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1939.  In 1951, he and a partner founded the American Income Life Insurance Company, which he developed into a multi-million dollar business. A former University of Texas System regent and major contributor to UT, Rapoport is widely known for his philanthropy and dedication to social justice, education, and other causes.

Rapoport and his wife established the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation in 1989 to support educational, social, cultural, and public service entities throughout Texas and around the world. The Foundation supports programs that have the broadest possible impact in meeting important human needs and aspirations, with an emphasis on the needs of the most marginalized members of society.