Jack Lussier’s philanthropy touched many lives, especially among children. Lussier, who formerly served as the chairman of The Capital Times board and the president of The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of the Cap Times, contributed millions of dollars to projects around the city, many of which bear his name, including: both the east and west branches of the Lussier Family YMCA plus Jack’s splash pad at the East Y, the Lussier Teen Center at the Goodman Community Center, the Lussier Family Heritage Center, the Lussier Community Education Center, Lussier Stadium at La Follette High School, Lussier Park at Fish Lake, Lussier scholarships at MATC and several features at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Lussier was also the nephew and one of the principal heirs of William T. Evjue, the founder of The Capital Times. Lussier died on Friday at age 90.
Said Betty Harris Custer, who chaired the capital campaign for the Lussier Community Education Center, “(Madison’s) a much better place because Jack Lussier lived here. All any of us can hope for is that we’ve left a mark on the community we lived in.”
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Lussier, who died on Friday, was a major Madison philanthropist. He contributed millions of dollars to projects around the city, many of which bear his name.