Passages: Patricia "Patti" Marsh: School of Music Volunteer Advisory Board

The late Patti Marsh with one of her scholarship students, Jae-in Shin.
School of Music friend Patti Marsh with UW piano student Jae-In Shin, one of dozens of UW music students who received scholarship support from Patti and her late husband, Jerry Marsh (Photo: Joanne De Pue).

Faculty, staff, and students at the School of Music were saddened by the recent passing of Patricia “Patti” Marsh, longtime friend of the School of Music and member of the School’s Volunteer Advisory Board.

A lifelong music lover, Patti grew up in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood, attending John Muir Grade School, Franklin High School, and Forest Ridge High School. After graduation, she attended the University of Washington and was a member of the Iota Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta. 

 Patti met her late husband, Jerry, later in life, and the couple wed in 1997. Avid arts enthusiasts, their love of the School of Music was evident even then. Upon their marriage, the School of Music hosted a reception for the couple that featured UW voice students singing American show tunes and faculty pianist Robin McCabe performing Gershwin arrangements and music by Rachmaninoff. Patti ’s involvement with the School continued following Jerry’s passing in 2010 with her longtime service on the school’s advisory board.

Along with Jerry, Patti created permanent scholarship endowments at the UW benefitting music students and enhancing a longtime legacy of support by the Marsh family that began with gifts from Jerry ‘s late uncle Louis S. Marsh, an early BOEING founder.

In addition to other scholarship funds established by the Marsh family, the Louis G. and Patricia A. Marsh Endowed Fellowship in Music, the Louis Gerard Marsh and Patricia Marsh Endowed Fund in Music, and the Louis G. Marsh Endowed Music Scholarship December 2010) have provided support to dozens of graduate and undergraduate students at the School of Music. 

“Patti was a wonderful and generous friend to the School of Music and we were saddened by the news of her passing,” says director Richard Karpen. “She and her late husband, Jerry, created significant opportunities for our students that will continue to make a difference for young musicians now and in the years to come. I am honored to have known Patti. We remain deeply grateful for her important contributions to the School of Music.”

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