Patricia (Grady) ’66, ’69G and Thomas ’65 Marmen have been named the 2021 recipients of Salem State University Alumni Association’s Elizabeth Williams Wade Award for their many years of dedicated service to the university.
The Cotuit, Mass., and Naples, Fla., couple’s impact on Salem State University includes two scholarships, dedicated volunteerism and private philanthropy related to alumni activities.
“Because we remember how difficult it was for us, we decided that a meaningful way to give back was to establish scholarships to support first-generation students pursuing their education at Salem State. This enables students to focus on their education. Salem State gave us a solid foundation in growing and achieving in our careers and we encourage other alumni to get involved and make a difference in the lives of students at Salem State University. We are truly grateful for being recognized with this award,” wrote the Marmens.
According to Michael Mitchell ’07, assistant director of alumni relations, “Pat and Tom’s support spans decades. Since their first gift in 1995, they have played, and continue to play, an integral part of the success of Salem State and its students. Their impact cannot be overstated.”
Established in 1980, the Elizabeth Williams Wade Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has made a notable achievement or made a lasting contribution to Salem State University through their philanthropic and voluntary endeavors. To learn more about the Alumni Association or to nominate a graduate for an award, please visit salemstate.edu/alumni/awards.