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More than just Chargers owner, Spanos left legacy in Sacramento, Stockton and beyond

A look at the long life of billionaire real estate developer and philanthropist Alex G. Spanos

The Los Angeles Chargers announced owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday morning at age 95. The Stockton-born real estate developer and billionaire donated to sports and non-sports related developments throughout California.
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The Los Angeles Chargers announced owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday morning at age 95. The Stockton-born real estate developer and billionaire donated to sports and non-sports related developments throughout California.

The Los Angeles Chargers announced that owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday morning at age 95.

A philanthropist and billionaire, the Stockton-born real estate developer and NFL team majority owner donated tens of millions of dollars to sports and non-sports related developments throughout California.

Mercy hospital in Sacramento opened the Alex G. Spanos Heart and Vascular Center in 2014. That project, which finished after a decade of planning and construction, benefited from a $15 million contribution by Spanos.

Spanos is also the namesake for Sacramento State’s Alex G. Spanos Athletic Center, the Alex G. Spanos Athletic Performance Center at UC San Diego, Alex G. Spanos Stadium at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the Alex G. Spanos Center at University of the Pacific in Stockton after giving generous donations to each of those campuses.

Spanos spent time studying at the latter two universities.

“Everyone at Pacific — and generations of future Pacific students who will benefit from his generous heart — are eternally grateful for his love of Pacific and what he has done for the university,” UOP President Pamela Eibeck said in a statement issued following Spanos’ death. “His dedication to what we do in the classrooms, in athletics and beyond was exceptional by any standard.”

In his hometown of Stockton, Spanos gave $500,000 toward the renovation of the historic Fox Theatre in 2003. It was renamed the Bob Hope Theatre.

Spanos’ wife, Faye, died this August at age 92. They married in 1948. The couple settled in Stockton, where Alex Spanos was born in 1923 to Greek immigrants.

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