By the time of his death, he’d anonymously donated the vast majority of
his fortune, more than two-thirds of it, to charities. Although his list of
beneficiaries was long, he favored civil rights organizations, and even
purchased apartment buildings in Washington, DC and New York City to
have them racially integrated. He also supported educational institutions,
pacifist organizations, libraries and international relief organizations.
Through his invention, through his charitable activities, and even through
his everyday interactions with his fellow human beings, Chester Carlson
created a legacy that might be copied, but never duplicated.
Chester and his wife, Dorris, in the garden