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Charles Marshall and his wife, Mary, were the inspiration for The Charles Marshall Foundation. They were ordinary people who decided not to settle for the hand they were dealt. Instead, they chose to improve their own lives, and actively sought to enrich the lives of others.
Charles was born in 1916 in Oklahoma. He grew up on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Oklahoma City with his parents and three brothers.

During his early years Oklahoma agriculture was in the doldrums for a decade before the Great Depression emerged in 1930, and lasted for more than another decade. Rural Oklahomans saw farm income fall 64% in the 1930‘s. Despite their hardships, the family would give food to their neighbors when they were in need.

When he was still too young to drive, Charles’s older brother, Ross, would get up at 2:00 a.m. to deliver milk to earn extra money for the family. His oldest brother, Ronald, left the farm to join the military. His father, Stewart, also worked on a nearby railroad. Tragically, Stewart was injured on the job. His wound became infected and he died from gangrene in 1933. The farm was sold, and the remaining family moved to Oklahoma City. Ross became the patriarch of the family and gave up his chance to go to college. He worked as a mechanic at the Wiley Post Airport to earn money to care for the family, and to send Charles and their youngest brother, John, to college.

For as long as he could remember Charles wanted to become a doctor. He was always very grateful to his older brother for supporting the family and helping to fund his college education. He was an alumnus at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (BS Anatomy 1938, MD 1942, intern and resident Otolaryngology 1942-1945). He served in the military from 1945-1947 as an Army MD at Madigan General Hospital in Fort Lewis, Washington, then practiced as an Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon at Tacoma General Hospital from 1948-1975.

Mary, as a young girl had contracted scarlet fever, which damaged her heart and left her unable to bear children. Eventually, she became very ill and was admitted to the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in the Stanford School of Medicine. Charles always spoke about how grateful he was that their efforts had extended her life.

In 1975, Charles retired his practice in Tacoma, and they moved to Reno, Nevada, where he lectured in the Speech Pathology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. Charles and Mary made it possible for many students to obtain their dreams by funding scholarships for students attending medical school:

• In 1991 at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine they established an endowment fund, the Dr. Charles and Mary Marshall Student Fund. Since then, more than 26 medical students have received scholarships from the fund, and this number will continue to grow.

• For many years they supported the Paul R. Cannon Student Loan Fund, established in memory of the Chicago Pathologist, at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

• They had a Charter Membership in the Founding Grant Society at Stanford University, which honors “extraordinary people who remember Stanford through bequests, charitable remainder trusts, and other life income gifts.”

Charles and Mary also contributed to several other charitable organizations:

• Charles was a member of the Centurion Club for the Deafness Research Foundation, an “Honor Roll of those members of the medical profession who believe in supporting to the fullest the purposes of The Deafness Research Foundation, namely, to raise funds on a national basis for research into hearing problems.”

• They supported Friends of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University; Stanford Medicine Cardiac Research Fund; and clinical pastoral education at Stanford University.

• They also supported cancer research and endocrinology.

• They gave generously to Dogs for the Deaf, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity International, Salvation Army, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, and the American Red Cross. Mary passed away in Reno in October 1997. In December 1997, Charles gave generously to the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine in memory of his late wife. As stated in the winter (98-99) issue of “Synapse”, the quarterly bulletin, School of Medicine of UNR, “That gift was used to establish an Augmented and Alternative Communication Lab in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The lab is named in honor of Mrs. Marshall, who was keenly interested in advances in speech and hearing research and therapy.

This was just the latest of several gifts donated to the school by Dr. Marshall and his wife, primarily for the student emergency fund, student loans, and for endowed scholarships. The new facility is a fitting tribute to Mary, a good friend of the school.”

In 2000, Charles moved to Las Vegas to live with his niece, Marylou Taxopoulos, and her family. In 2002, Charles established an endowment fund, the Dr. Charles and Mary Marshall Scholarship Fund, to increase scholarship aid for medical students in the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago.

It was a pleasure to have Uncle Charles in our home and listen to his stories of their triumphs and struggles. He inspired our family to continue their work and to complete their vision of improved standards of health and education.

Uncle Charles passed away in June 2009 and that was the birth of THE CHARLES MARSHALL FOUNDATION.

 


Meet the Board of Directors and Staff


President and Chairman- Marylou Taxopoulos

Marylou has been a resident of Las Vegas since 1963 and graduated from Valley High School. She worked for the Clark County Election Department for 28 years starting as a keypunch operator. She developed an interest in mapping and in 1995 she was offered the job of GIS Technician (Geographic Information Systems). She attended Community College of Southern Nevada to learn GIS. Her job consisted of using a sophisticated geographic information system to produce maps and related information; Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; Reading and interpreting surveys, legal descriptions, maps, aerial and ortho photographs; Interpreting, applying and explaining applicable laws and regulations; Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities. She also prepared walking maps, district maps, and polling place maps for candidates to purchase.

 

In conjunction with her GIS duties she also maintained the Mapping portion of the Election Department’s database of voters known as VEMACS. She retired from the Election Department in 2010. She is currently enjoying her retirement, traveling and spending time with family and her one-year-old granddaughter.

Board Officer- Bobby Taxopoulos

Bobby was born in Mesopotamia, Greece, and came to Las Vegas to be close to his brother’s family in 1973. He started working for Caesar’s Palace as a barback. However, carpentry was his passion, and eventually, he moved into that trade. He became a foreman for Nick Pandelis Construction. In 1976, he met Marylou and they married and had two children. Bobby was a jack-of-all-trades and his specialties were plumbing, wood work, electrical, framing, mechanical, painting, stucco, landscaping, automotive repair, and more. He could build a house from the foundation up. Later, he was offered a position with Herb Tobman at Western Cab Company doing maintenance. He retired in 2010.

 

Bobby enjoys watching soccer with his friends and family; helping his friends in need; traveling and spending time with his family. He also enjoys taking his granddaughter to the park.

Board Secretary- Rena Taxopoulos-Loughton

Rena was born and raised in Las Vegas and graduated from Las Vegas High School. She was involved in many extracurricular activities and graduated with a Distinguished Scholar Diploma. She attended UNLV and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Clinical Laboratory Science and minored in Chemistry. She also attended Cal State Channel Islands for a few semesters to start her Master’s Degree in Biotechnology. While in college Rena worked as a caregiver. She helped clean and dress patient wounds, provided companionship, ran errands, made meals, and assisted with light house duties. However, her Great Uncle Charles became ill and Rena decided it was time to go back to Las Vegas to care for him. She is now a Registered Nurse.

 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter Melina; party planning, hosting family gatherings, traveling, and volunteering for other local causes.


Board Treasurer- Bryan Taxopoulos

Bryan was born and raised in Las Vegas and graduated from Las Vegas High School. He attended College of Southern Nevada and UNLV; and he is currently obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He was chief instructor of a martial arts studio in Las Vegas teaching Shaolin Kempo Karate for three years. Currently, he is a specialist for Apple Inc.

 

Bryan started Greek dancing at 8 years old and helped his dance group win many awards, including the coveted Sweepstakes award for the group’s division. In his spare time Bryan teaches Greek dancing and is a dance director. He also enjoys a good movie, and spending time with family and friends.


"Think Tank Committee" Public Relations- Pete Tsolis

Pete began his career in the hospitality industry during high school as a Guest Pool Attendant at the Mirage Casino-Resort. While working on his undergraduate studies he held different positions in food and beverage, and hotel operations. He accepted a position as Casino Marketing Coordinator for the Mirage and was quickly promoted to Casino Marketing Supervisor.

In late 2010, he accepted a position as the VIP Services Manager for the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and again was promoted to Casino Marketing Administration Manager, where he oversees events, promotions, marketing analysis, direct mail, and relationship marketing. Pete currently holds a degree in Marketing from the University Nevada Las Vegas and is in the process of applying to business schools for his Master’s Degree.

 

He donates his time to his position with The Charles Marshall Foundation. He also has taught Greek language, dance, and athletics at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. In his personal time Pete enjoys spending time with his friends and family, as well as hiking, playing basketball, and weight training.


Staff Secretary- Susan Loughton

Susan has 28 years of executive management experience in the order fulfillment, telemarketing industry. She studied business administration courses at Merced College that has allowed for a broad resource base on which she built her career. She relocated from California to Las Vegas to be near her children and grandchildren. She feels working for the foundation is a rewarding and humbling experience.


Susan is a regular contributor to Ronald McDonald House, The Humane Society and Disabled Veterans. She has volunteered as a cub scout, boy scout den mother for many years. Served as treasurer for the Non-Commissioned Officer's Association, coached boys soccer, worked weekends at the Cat Kingdom and helped feed homeless families through her local church. She is passionate about the earth, people and animals.


Susan enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as playing golf and bike riding. Her off time is spent with her husband of 40 years and their sweet little dog, Buddy.

Volunteer- Dustin Loughton

Dustin was born in Central California. He served in the Military for twelve years. His career began in the Army Infantry and ended as an E-6 in the Navy. He was an Aviation Structural Mechanic Petty Officer 1st Class stationed in Pt. Magu, California. Dustin specialized in the E-2 Hawkeye and spent many a night on carriers traveling to places like; Dubai, Hong Kong, The Gulf, and Australia.

Dustin enjoys dirt track racing and would like to learn how to fly. He spends most of his time with his 3 wonderful children and his wife Rena.