Allan Saxe, 70, is a professor at UT-Arlington and Tarrant County College. But you could say — and I would, after reading this Star-Telegram profile — his real occupation is giving. He inherited $500,000 from his mother. He gave it all away. Same with his Social Security checks. And last year, another $84,450 — more than half his salary.
In return, his name appears on…
Allan Saxe Park, the Allan Saxe Parkway, the Allan Saxe Dental Clinic, and, at the University of Texas at Arlington, Allan Saxe (softball) Field, not to mention the Allan Saxe pencil sharpeners in University Hall.
But, of course, that’s not why he does it:
“I enjoy it. I really enjoy it. All of this is philosophically driven. There’s no tax motivation,” Saxe says, referring to statutes that allow people to deduct donations from their income taxes. “If the tax law changed tomorrow … I would still do the same thing.”