Donor Stories

Marcia Reed '54 Wythes

Marcia Reed '54 Wythes knows a thing or two about making a difference. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, which comprises the East Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Redwood City clubhouses.
As part of the executive committee, Wythes fundraises for the nonprofit and also enjoys mentoring the children that the organization serves. In addition, she sits on the Foundation Board of the University of Washington, Wythes' alma mater, and helps with the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and as a legacy leader at the YMCA of Silicon Valley.

After attending the University of Washington, Wythes studied French and history at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, but says "Punahou made me so much of who I am today. I believe it's our responsibility to remember the education we received and to help others receive that same benefit."

In 2004, she presented a gift in honor of her 50th reunion. Through the Marcia Reed '54 Wythes Endowed Scholarship Fund, students have access to "the best teachers and the best education," says Wythes. "The teachers that I had when I was at Punahou were as good, and in many cases, better, than any I had at the university level."

Although Wythes resides in California, with husband Paul, she also finds time to stay involved with the Punahou community. She revisits campus every Reunion, spends each January on the Island of Hawai'i, and regularly keeps in touch with classmates. "A small group of Punahou alumni in Northern California gather to occasionally hear about Punahou activities, and, of course, 'talk story,'" Wythes says.

For Wythes, a mother of three and grandmother of eight, if education and family are her life's work and passion, then "doing good for others" is a way of life – something she has been sharing with others for the past 50 years.