PULLMAN, Wash.–Longtime Pullman resident Marian Schmidt Hood received the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award Friday, Sept. 26, at the association’s Board of Directors’ dinner on the campus. She was cited “For exemplary stewardship to her alma mater through superb service to the Alumni Association, Cougar Club, WSU Parent’s Program and the community’s children’s welfare programs.”
For a decade, beginning in the late 1980s, Hood served as an alumni deputy director and then director in Whitman County, before joining the association’s executive board. Earlier she was a member of the Pullman Cougar Club for four years, including two as president in the late 1970s. In that capacity, she helped plan and coordinate WSU athletic events. Her close ties to the university also extend to the WSU Parent’s Association, including a term as president in the early 1990s. The association raises approximately $30,000 annually to support WSU student groups and programs.
Hood has been a realtor with Associated Brokers, Inc., of Pullman for 11 years, and in 1991 was named Whitman County Realtor of the Year by her peers.
She came to WSU from Coulee Dam. In 1964, she completed a degree in elementary education. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she is a past adviser of the house. Her volunteer activities to the Pullman community are well-documented. She continues to chair the Pullman Child Welfare Council’s Christmas Toy Drive, a post she began 15 years ago. She is a member of the coordinating committee for funding and construction of the Chipman Memorial Trail between Pullman and Moscow. She has been a long-time adviser to the Rainbow Girls organization, is active in the Pullman Chamber of Commerce and is an elder in the Pullman Presbyterian Church.