beats headphone Wendy Marsh dies at 79 after life of service
has lost a really wonderful citizen in Wendy Marsh, former Amarillo College President Paul Matney said. was a lovely, gracious lady all the time. said Marsh leaves a legacy of philanthropy remembered through thoughtful, personal touches such as handwritten thank you notes delivered by courier along with a pound cake wrapped in foil.
you saw someone come and hand a note from Wendy with that foil, you knew you had received a wonderful, gracious note from this lovely woman, and also a pound cake, Matney said. was really one of her signatures. in Chicago, Marsh moved to Amarillo as a child in the late 1930s and attended Margaret Wills School and Sam Houston Middle School.
Her high school years at Garrison Forest School in Maryland included a year in Montevideo, Uruguay. Marsh then studied at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and spent her junior year in Paris.
After graduating from Cornell University with a Masters in Education, Marsh served as staff secretarial and research assistant to then Senator John G.
While earning her degree at the University of Texas School of Law in 1964, Marsh became the first female editor of the Texas Law Forum, the law school newspaper. She was elected to the forum board of directors.
Also while in law school, she was a member of Kappa Beta Pi, the national honorary legal sorority; was elected chairman of the board of governors of the law school; was cartoonist for the student newspaper and editor of the 1966 Law Day brochure.
Marsh passed the Texas Bar Examination in March 1967 and married Stanley Marsh 3 that April. Together they had five children.
While she already filled her resume with national and international experiences, Marsh told the Globe News in 1992 that Amarillo provided a unique opportunity for community service.
you volunteer in any way, the people you help will most likely be your friends and neighbors, she said. are more likely to effect change in people lives in a middle sized town. to 1993 Globe News archives, Marsh held 13 active positions in Amarillo that year and boasted as many as 29 previously held positions.
She was honored as Honorary French Consul for Amarillo in 1980.
That same year, Marsh was elected to the board of regents of AC and re elected in 1986. She served as chairman of the board and chaired several standing committees during her tenure.
Matney said she especially enjoyed supporting the nursing and fine arts programs at AC.
also served as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and did a wonderful job representing community colleges from all over the state and certainly representing Amarillo College, Matney said.
Marsh held positions on the boards of numerous other organizations, including the Environmental Defense Fund, Southwest Organ Bank, Association of Community College Trustees, Texas Arts Alliance, Amarillo United Fund and Amarillo College Foundation.
Marsh was owner and trustee of farm and ranch properties, and from 1984 to 1986 she owned the Sylvan Learning Center Amarillo franchise. All the while, she was a part time political science professor at West Texas A University.
Marsh told the Globe News she had a heightened excitement for her life of service after receiving a kidney transplant in 1985.
I realized I was alive and in the recovery room, it occurred to me, is the first day of my new life, Marsh said. began to wonder what I could do to make it more meaningful. was a founding member of the Amarillo Coalition for the Homeless in 1987.
Marsh received the Women Forum distinguished service award in 1988 and a year later the Amarillo Junior League Outstanding Sustaining Member Award.
The Globe News named Marsh its Woman of the Year in 1992 after she, her life in the educational, cultural and charitable projects that enrich the quality of Amarillo, according to Globe News archives.
That same year, she was also honored as the Catholic Family Service Volunteer of the Year.
With her family, Marsh donated land for Ascension Academy, a scholarship fund for minorities and an endowment for a lectureship at the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy.