The well-known and often-used adage of “a true friend is but a telephone call away” is an apt description of George Kalil. He passed away at age 81 and left a legacy of kindness and generosity throughout the Diocese of Tucson.
Kalil’s integrity and compassion broadened his philanthropic activity to include a wide range of causes including many projects within the Diocese of Tucson.
Several parishes within the Diocese were touched by his willingness to come to their assistance during an emergency whether it involved a collapsed roof or a long-range plan for renovation. Among those parishes in Tucson who benefited from his commitment to his Catholic community are Saints Peter and Paul, St. Odelia and Sacred Heart. At times his gifts were made in secret, however the impact has been felt and seen by those whom he helped.
Salpointe Catholic High School recognized the Kalil family by naming the gymnasium in their honor. The family’s gift of more than one million dollars to Salpointe was used throughout the campus to upgrade their basketball facility, the baseball and softball fields as well as the track. Additional gifts to the Salpointe Foundation throughout the years continues to generate funds.
Kalil was a keen supporter of education and especially of Catholic education. His gifts of more than 1.5 million dollars to Arizona’s Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO) impacted more than 500 deserving students throughout Catholic schools in the Diocese of Tucson. These students and their families had limited financial resources and might not have been able to access the quality education they have received.
Many in the Diocese of Tucson have benefited from George Kalil’s generosity of spirit. He will be missed greatly as one who shared graciously from his success and business acumen. George Kalil will be missed also as a caring individual who loved his community and touched many lives. The Diocese of Tucson is grateful and saddened by his passing.