Marie Rusher Kelley, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Today I work in the Los Angeles area as a pediatrician caring for underserved children of largely poor, Hispanic families but my journey started when I came to Seattle Pacific where I earned my nursing degree. I've spent time in Africa where I helped people suffering with malnutrition, measles, and intestinal parasites. Since then I earned a medical degree and years have passed. My life has taken unexpected turns but I still care deeply about medical missions.
That's why husband, Ed, and I established two endowments to help SPU students bound for medical missions. We can help people to go in my place, back to the mission field, by easing the burden of paying the high cost of a medical education. Our endowments make it easier for new doctors to go on to the mission field.
We think it makes a difference in students' lives — and helps change the world — as more young doctors are able to serve in developing regions.
— Marie Rusher Kelley '66