Kathryn Albertson

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Kathryn Albertson
Born (1908-08-27)August 27, 1908
Boise, Idaho, USA
Died April 30, 2002(2002-04-30) (aged 93)
Boise, Idaho, USA
Nationality American
Other names Kathryn McCurry
Education College of Idaho
Known for Philanthropist, wife of Albertsons founder Joe Albertson
Spouse(s) Joe Albertson
Children Barbara Jean Newman
Parent(s) Neunan and Ida Mae McCurry
Website J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation

Kathryn Albertson (August 27, 1908 – April 30, 2002) was the wife of the founder of the Albertsons chain of grocery stores and a notable philanthropist.


Albertson was born Kathryn McCurry, in Boise, Idaho on August 27, 1908, the daughter of Neunan and Ida Mae McCurry. She attended school in the Boise school system and after graduation she enrolled at the College of Idaho, Caldwell, where, in chemistry class, she met Joe Albertson.[1][1]

The two fell in love. They married on New Years Day in 1930, and their lasting partnership was marked by great love, unwavering support, and respect for hard work.

Together, they started the grocery store chain that bears their name (Albertsons). Kathryn was there for Joe and for their daughter, Barbara, as the store they created grew to be one of the largest supermarket chains in America.

When Joe died in 1993, Kathryn remained active on the Albertson Corporation Board of Directors for several more years. In 1998, the company honored her by designating her Albertson’s first Director Emeritus, an honorary lifetime position on the Board of Directors [2][3]

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation[edit]

Kathryn and Joe believed strongly that “once you make it, you need to give back.” Together, they began to give to a number of charitable causes, often to help students who wanted to further their education. In 1966, they created the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation to help administer their personal giving.[4]


Kathryn died on April 30, 2002, and is interred at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.[2]


  1. ^ "Kathryn Albertson". J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kathryn M. Albertson". Find A Grave. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 

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