Henry Thomas Segerstrom was an American philanthropist, cultural leader, patron of the arts. Managing Partner of C. J. Segerstrom & Sons, he was the founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, now known as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Henry Thomas Segerstrom was born into a Swedish immigrant family in California. A farming family, the Segerstroms moved from dairy farming to cultivating alfalfa specializing in the production and harvesting of lima beans, they would become the largest producers of dried lima bean in the United States. In 1939, Henry T. Segerstrom was named valedictorian of Santa Ana High School where he served as class president. Months at age 17 he enrolled in Stanford University earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Stanford Business School in 1948, his education was interrupted by World War II. Enlisting in the U. S. Army on June 24, 1942, Henry T. Segerstrom was deployed to the European front as a private in the field artillery, rising to the rank of captain.
In France, he was wounded in action during one of the deadliest engagements of the war, The Battle of the Bulge. Facing years of recuperation for shrapnel injuries to his hand, lower back and forehead, he returned to California via Dibble General Hospital in Menlo Park. Determined to finish his education at Stanford University, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree enrolled in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, earning his Masters of Business Administration. In 1945, Henry T. Segerstrom was awarded the Purple Heart and the European Theater of Operations Ribbon with Battle Star, he remained on active duty until 1947. As managing partner of the family-owned company, C. J. Segerstrom and Sons, a commercial real estate and retail management organization established in 1898, Henry T. Segerstrom spearheaded commercial development in Orange County, California. Under his guidance, C. J. Segerstrom and Sons transformed a quiet agricultural community into a lively, international destination known as South Coast Metro.
In March 1967, Henry T. Segerstrom, along with his cousin Hal T. Segerstrom, Jr. opened a shopping center called South Coast Plaza in one of the family's lima bean fields in growing Orange County. Anchored by a May Company that had opened in late 1966 and Sears, the initial phase of the center was designed by Victor Gruen, it was built the same year as The Irvine Company's Fashion Island in neighboring Newport Beach. South Coast Plaza draws more than 18 million visitors annually to some of the country's most desirable luxury shopping. Envisioning a complex mixture of resources that would come to surround South Coast Plaza and commercial developments integrated the arts into Segerstrom commercial developments. Early in his business career, Henry T. Segerstrom urged his family to utilize sections of the Segerstrom farm, converted by the Army into the Santa Ana Army Air Base; when the government withdrew in 1948, the land was returned to the family along with several warehouses the army had left behind.
Under Henry T. Segerstrom's advocacy, the buildings were leased to the family's first tenants; when the Carnegie Library in Santa Ana was relocated, Henry T. Segerstrom encouraged his family to purchase the building and surrounding property; the library was razed and the property was soon developed into what would become the region's first air-conditioned office building. Henry T. Segerstrom began planning for a major retail development in an unincorporated stretch of land owned by his family located between Santa Ana and Costa Mesa. Envisioning a thriving retail center, the project commenced in advance of the San Diego Freeway. Working with Mayor Alvin Pinkley, the Segerstroms agreed to lease water rights to Costa Mesa and in exchange, the town would pay fees equal to the municipal taxes, guaranteeing ample revenues to Costa Mesa from what would become South Coast Plaza. In 1949, Henry T. Segerstrom was nominated for the Agricultural Stabilization Committee, winning the chairmanship. An advocate of water reclamation and desalination and a leader in assuring protection of natural water resources, Segerstrom secured agreements and obtained a $40 million grant from the federal government.
Today, the region's access to water remains predicated on his early efforts. In 1957, he was elected to a four-year term on the Orange County Water District Board. Re-elected six times, he served 16 years as president, he became a transit organizer in 1949, bringing in bus lines and advancing the development of road construction and improved traffic flow through the 1990s. By the 1940s there was a considerable interest in the arts and Orange County was home to many cultural institutions. However, there were any public art; the Segerstroms owned a sizable amount of land in the Orange County region, generously donating five acres in 1979 to build the foundation for a cultural center that would house three cultural institutions in Orange County—the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Chorale. By 1986, they all became one center called the Orange County Performing Arts Center; the center expanded, evolving to become the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, a performance art complex, named in recognition of the Segerstrom's unparalleled generosity and dedication.
In 2005 a gift agreement was made for the development of the pedestrian plaza common areas located with Segers
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