Honoring the memory of Marks Fund cofounder, Selma Marks 

blossomSelma Marks was an accomplished attorney and community advocate who cofounded the Marks Fund – an endowment to assist TMC employees experiencing financial hardship.

She passed away on May 1, 2018.

Selma made the most of her 94 years, trailblazing new paths for women and families while contributing to the Tucson community she loved. Her courage, spirit and altruism made an indelible impact and will fondly be remembered.

Marks Fund

Her late husband, Judge Jack Marks received treatment at TMC in the early 1980s. The couple got to know the staff well and were impressed by their passion and dedication, but saddened to see the financial struggles of some due to common life challenges – a broken-down vehicle, a washing machine on the fritz or a plumbing leak.

The two founded the Marks Fund to provide a financial hand-up for TMC personnel going through tough times. The Fund has helped hundreds of TMC employees and is still going strong today, which is due to the Marks’ generosity and philanthropic leadership.

Marks Fund requests are reviewed by a committee of fellow TMC employees. Although each recipient receives a grant, a vast majority of recipients choose to repay the grant – intending to make the Fund accessible to more employees in need.

Courageous and devoted

At a time when women were discouraged from working and encouraged to raise a family, Selma did both, raising two children while attending the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. She was the only woman in her graduating class of 1956.

After graduating, she had another child and soon joined the Pima County Attorney’s Office, where she spent a lengthy, decorated career as a deputy county attorney in the family division – helping countless mothers and families win child support and justice.

Her strong legal mind, bravery and accomplishments earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from her alma mater.

Higher education advocate

Selma supported higher education in many capacities at the University of Arizona. She served as board president of the Law College Association, participated on the advisory board of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and was a national board member of the UA Alumni Association.

She and Judge Marks founded the Isaac Marks Memorial Lectures, an annual lecture series that has hosted eminent legal scholars and distinguished national figures, including United States Senators and Supreme Court Justices.

Civic leader

A Tucson native, Marks cared deeply for the community and participated in numerous civic organizations, from the Sam Hughes PTA to the League of Women Voters and the Arizona Opera.

“She taught us the importance of giving back,” said Selma’s son, David Paul. “Helping others was her passion – and she greatly valued the Tucson community.”

Always remembered

Selma’s selfless endeavors and accomplishments touched many lives and will never be forgotten.

“Words cannot express the depth of our gratitude,” said Michael Duran, TMC vice president and chief development officer. “Selma Marks’ generosity and intrepid efforts made positive and enduring changes in our community – she will always be remembered as one of Tucson’s best.”

 

 

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