Kemper Fidelis

You may have heard of Kemper Marley, the late Phoenix land baron, liquor kingpin, political deal maker and cockfighting aficionado long suspected as the mastermind of the 1976 carbomb killing of Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles. Before he died in 1990, the famed scoundrel promised to donate $1million to the Arizona Historical Society. In return, the society agreed to dub a proposed new facility--the Arizona Historical Museum--the Marley Center, which it did when the shiny new building opened recently on the Tempe side of Papago Park. Then, to add insult to injury, the society started to make plans to install Bolles' bombed-out Datsun in the Marley Center. The Bolles family, noting the cruel irony, didn't like that idea much.

But Kemper Marley isn't the only benefactor who wants to ensure that his legacy is etched in stone. We took it upon ourselves to track down a few other notables, and to pay special attention to their tributes to themselves.

Johnson Institute for Preventive Medicine
Mecham-Farrakhan Brotherhood Foundation
Teets Memorial Tower for Legal Arbitration
Gacy Juvenile Justice Center
Bidwill Better Business Bureau
Franke Labor Assistance Council
Mustaf Family Planning Clinic

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.