Profiles in Giving

Walter Haas Jr.

Walter Haas Jr.

One of the museum's greatest friends was Walter Haas Jr. Renowned as a philanthropist and business leader, Mr. Haas enriched the community through his generosity. He and his wife Evelyn continued his family's long tradition of dedication to the museum. Mrs. Haas was a chair and lifetime member of the Board of Trustees, and a tireless volunteer for a multitude of museum activities.

Through his will, Mr. Haas provided a special endowment fund to the museum in honor of Evelyn's extraordinary commitment to SFMOMA. His gift supports the general program needs of the museum.


Zeva Smith

Zeva Smith was a devoted volunteer and friend of the museum for over 25 years. She lived a rich life that included a career in teaching disabled children, two years of service with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica when she was in her 60s, and, finally, a commitment to SFMOMA as a library volunteer.

After her death at the age of 90, Zena’s trust left an important gift to the museum’s library. These funds were used to purchase significant catalogues raisonnes, a lasting resource for the scholars and art lovers who use the library.